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I have always liked dogs with large heads and torsos - cartoon guard dog shapes. Often, when thinking about making a piece, I consider the availability of materials, suppliers and also people whose skills I might be able to utilize. For instance; My mother is an excellent knitter so it seemed obvious to me that we could work on something together. The notion of a knitted dog suit came via another unrealised idea. A friend of mine who tried his hand at conflict photography took the precaution of purchasing some anti ballistic body armour. The bullet proof vest became an object of curiosity for me and it lived at my house for a while - sitting on top of a speaker like some kind all terrain tailors dummy. I wasn't making art at the time but thought about ideas often. The company who made the armour were called RBF Armour LTD - or something like that. My photographer friend said they had been most helpful when he'd gone to collect his purchase. I had the idea that RBF Armour Ltd could make me a armoured suit for some kind of giant attack animal - maybe canine - Maybe with multiple heads; some kind of genetically modified organic weapon. The suit would be the piece- these things stand up by themselves so would create a sculptural form that would be very real and recognisable but had been bastardised into something that would, in turn, suggest the presence of something very unreal but non the less quite scary and funny. A few years later, bullet proof vests became popular amongst elements of the hip hop community and the idea suddenly seemed tired.
With the advent of the second Iraq war and Afganistan, awareness has increased and perception of body armour has changed. In the recent film 'Hurtlocker' it makes many appearances as a kind of semi animate member of cast. The subject is still something I find very interesting. The idea of canine body armour, avant guard high fashion knitware and prosthetic cartoon dog enlargment attatchments all merged into one in this piece. My mother was given the task of making sense of the idea with her knitting needles. What we ended up with, I think, has a bison like feel but in total (Like most of my work) it's the random outcome of complex and refined ingredients.

drunk on freedom duncan crossley
drunk on freedom duncan crossley
drunk on freedom duncan crossley
drunk on freedom duncan crossley
drunk on freedom duncan crossley