Ash Van Dyck.
Practice: All available formats
Title of art work: The Liar
Description of art work: Using Mixed media on canvas, newspaper, toy soldier and paint,
This piece was created as a reaction to the worldwide deception that led us all into an unjust and inhumane war.
I have created protest pieces in many different formats over the years, cut and paste zines, found object mixed media and graphic design as well as photography, it seems there is always something to protest and art is a very strong way to get this message across.
There are many reasons why I chose to incluse this piece in the bonfire.
If we hold on to the anger and resentment of the past and those who perpetrated it we are doomed to repeat it so let it all go up in smoke and we can clear our lives of this and move forward, being one reason.
As an artist I have moved into more digital media and feel this fire is a good way to define and farewell one part of my artistic life to make way for another.
As the saying goes, an artist only sells work when he runs out of wall space, well I ran out of wall space long ago and have always sold and given away a great deal of my work, I have not freely given away an artwork for a long time and this is a cleansing of sorts and a reminder of my priorities.
I am also really looking forward to talking to other artists who are doing the same and learning from and being inspired by one another.