Tim Pugh

Environmental and Mixed Media Artist

Month: September, 2014


“Aspirations” was created at the old Kangol hat factory site in Cleator Moor,West Cumbria in September 2014.
The multi media artwork makes use of cut out images of hats from old discarded catalogues mounted onto blocks of wood and hung directly onto the wall.It deals with issues of consumerism with images of aspirational couples playing golf and wearing the latest trendy hats .The catalogues were pitched at presumably affluent folk ,with attendant rich lifestyles offering expensive hat options to garnish their interests and reflect their aspirations.
I really like creating this ‘ lo-if’ process of art,making use of readily found items and assembling them into artworks that deal with specific issues related the the factory.I use medium format film to document the results and produce large photographs from the negatives to display in galleries.
The factory is destined to be pulled down and the site allocated for housing and am aware that my productive time at Kangol may be limited.



“Risk Assessment”

The installation was created in an old abandoned former hat factory in West Cumbria in September 2014.I initially collected lots of discarded electric and fire alarm fittings and mountings as well as other debris gathered from the factory floor. I really like working in this location as it gives wide scope to experiment with creating interesting discarded materials in a space reminiscent of a white wall gallery.Not only is there interesting material to experiment with,but the vast spaces allows the opportunity to assemble temporary artworks in a variety of settings and locations conducive to ‘exhibiting’ two and three dimensional artworks.
In this case, I was able to mount the electrical objects directly onto the walls on former shop fixture nails.The inclusion of a partially burnt risk assessment folder implied a sense of past calamity, telling a story of fire risks or incident connected to the factory shop floor; twisted cables and fire alarms added to the narrative whilst other electrical equipment contributed to a general sense of unease and tension.
I generally only work here when the weather is dry as the building has no roof,offering occasional views of the Fells and sunlight to stream through the building.