Tim Pugh

Environmental and Mixed Media Artist

Month: November, 2012

“Snow boulder Plough ” by Tim Pugh.

“Snowboulder Plough” was created in mid November at the campus of the University of Montana,a week after the early winter storm ‘Brutus’ deposited some eight inches of snow.I wanted to create a countryside or rural image resembling a ploughed field within the urban conurbation by simply rolling giant snowballs around a cottonwood tree.Giant spirals highlighted the treetrunk where leaf and twig encrusted snowballs came to rest in a row,too big and ponderous to push any further.It was very tiring creating the installation but the students enjoyed watching me at work and were very respectfull in not damaging the artwork,which survived for quite a while.


“Winter Wings”, by Tim Pugh.

“Winter Wings” was created on the campus at the University of Montana, Bozeman, U.S.A, on 11th of November 2012. The winter storm named “Brutus”, deposited 8 inches of snow over the weekend and provided a contrasting backdrop in which to assemble a sycamore seed arrangement, balanced on a conifer branch, draped with snow. As ever throughout the residency, the wind threatened to disrupt proceedings, making photography difficult as the bough bobbed up and down on the slight breeze. Frozen fingertips made arranging the circles quite a challenge but I got there in the end.

“Gun Candy” by Tim Pugh.

“Gun Candy” is a temporary installation, created specifically for my solo show at the Helen Copeland Gallery at the University of Montana, Bozeman, U.S.A. in early November, 2012. The installation was created in response to finding out the grim fact that thousands of children are maimed or killed every year in America due to accidents and mishaps at home. I highlighted this startling statistic by creating the shape of a gun and filling it with sweets and small candy; the use of candy was deliberate with the aim of evoking the connection with children, using visually bright colours to entice the onlooker as to the apparent innocence of the subject matter. Equally, it could also be seen as to convey the message that eating too much candy can kill you, as was pointed out to me by a student.

“Snow-pine Pattern” created by Tim Pugh.

“Snow-pine pattern” was created on October 23rd, after a light fall of early winter snow at the main campus at the University of Montana in Bozeman, U.S.A. The conditions were just right for the snowballs to be pushed into the bark and cold enough for them not to fall off. The pine cones were equally pushed into the bark and were symbolic of the resulting thaw to follow, perhaps visually suggestive of dripping water. All the while passing students either took photographs said ‘Awesome’, or gave bemused looks, while from time to time I had to take shelter, and warm up in the nearby Biology building. The temporary installation lasted for a few days despite the rise in temperature.