The Four Horsemen features the transformation of bunches of tulips as they are showered by lit matches. Shown as a series of time-lapse video loops the destruction of the plants creates an animation which embraces ecology and anthropomorphism as it strikes a relationship between our fears over the environment with more primordial terrors. The wilting plants curl into themselves in this highly sped up assault and resemble at first exotic insects or bugs before transforming themselves into charred, flaming demons. The work employs a complex set of cultural, visual and acoustic references to activate a reading of environmental fears. Referring to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse it is a direct exercise in carbonisation whilst its visual excess and self-conscious beauty reminds us that our aesthetic choices are necessarily also environmental ones.
Ceri Hand Gallery, Volta Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland, June 2009; Something out of Nothing, Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, USA, October 2009; Northern Art Prize, Leeds City Art Gallery, UK, Nov 2009; 80 Duke Street, London, UK, October 2010; eArts, Shanghai, China, October 2010; Pheonix Arts, Exeter, UK, January 2011 (solo show);