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John Wigley

John Wigley

Associate Professor Academic

Birmingham School of Art
0121 331 6983

Wigley expresses in his work the anxiety we attach to the temporary nature of things – an aspect of the human condition thrown in sharp relief by our times, where nothing seems sure or sacred. Fearing loss and uncertainty, that time and change eclipses us, he tries to secure the ephemeral, suspend the moment, make solid what is precious and fragile.

He creates ‘still lives’ (translated as Natura Morta in Italian), aware of absurdities, pathos, epic failure and the tragic comedy of false journeys, thwarted love, a kept breath, and a missed trick. His language remains economical and restrained; if there is morbidity it is understated, and if there is humour it is dry.

His poetic objects and juxtapositions resonate on a variety of levels. There is, however, a clear sense of history and intimacy that makes the art so accessible and intriguing, and they deliver a rich sensibility that is best received playfully, intuitively and reflectively. This is how the work came to be made.

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