‘Blind By Stardom’ opening at the StolenSpace Gallery on the 7th October will showcase new works by artist
Word To Mother. This much anticipated solo show, his fourth at StolenSpace, will feature paintings in mixed
media on wood, canvas, found objects and installation pieces. This show will also see the release of a limited
edition hand pulled screen print by the artist. (details of which to be revealed at a later date)
Word To Mother's new body of work invites the viewer to look past the exterior or what is immediately
apparent and question what is behind. Referencing popular childhood characters Word To Mother asks the
viewer to question the agenda of media that is subjected to us, involuntarily sculpting our values and opinions.
‘Blind by Stardom’ is a comment on society being conditioned to worship fame and celebrity status as a way to
keep the masses occupied so to keep them from questioning anything. Distractions in the form of everything
from fluffy rendered characters to synthesised pop songs and reality television are used as a front to conceal a
more sinister agenda. Nothing is as it seems, taking a cynical view of visual language we are confronted with
everyday, nothing is literal anymore.
This show sees WTM using geometrical pattern work
just as his large scale, outdoor 'Negative Space' letter
pieces do, using these negative shapes as a visual
stimulant to draw the viewers attention to what is
behind and sometimes concealed, accentuating the
history and beauty of the original surface.
Continuing his affinity with societies discarded items,
WTM carefully selects salvaged objects that have
already 'lived' as his chosen surfaces to work on.
Adding his own figures, text and pattern work to
already beautiful objects before they continue their
life as pieces of art.
Word to Mother was born and raised in a small English
seaside town, never far from a stoney beach, crashing
waves and salty sea veterans. It’s this environment that
has had such impact and influence on Word to Mothers
work and can be seen throughout his drawings and
paintings, whether that be the salvaged wood that he
often uses as his canvas or the ‘Sailor Jerry’ tattoo
references that appear subtly within his work, his
paintings help to remind him of his roots whilst now
dwelling in a town called London that he makes home.
If he is not drawing, and there is rarely a moment in the
day that his sketch book isn’t being filled with twisted
sketches or letter outlines that nod to his past, then he is
on the lookout for discarded objects, vintage printed
matter, or reading and broadening his knowledge so he
can find the correct metaphors and words to describe his
visual language. His loosness of line, fluidity of style and
energy present in each and every painting make his work
and approach truly unique and have fast gained him a
firm and loyal following, his previous shows ‘Lost For
Words’ and ‘Til The Hot Runs Cold’ both confirmed
this by selling out within their opening nights. With
shows scheduled for LA next year as well as London his
artwork ensures that no matter where in the world he
travels he’s never far from his home-town port.