Tim Pugh

Environmental and Mixed Media Artist

Category: Gallery installation.

“Ice Cream Spoon Cone”

The wall installation was created over two days during my residency at Ty Pawb in Wrexham,North Wales in May/June 2018.I used plastic ice cream forks arranged into graduating colours to replicate the form of an ice cream cone.The installation was created to highlight the use of carelessly discarded plastic forks often seen on the tidelines of beaches.Although the cone seemingly conveys a care free seaside holiday theme ,it is intended to convey the darker side of disposable plastic items polluting and endangering fragile ecosystems.

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“(Swept) Under The Carpet “

The temporary installation was created at the new visual arts hub,Ty Pawb in Wrexham in June 2018. The artwork was created in response to apathy and indifference over the years towards the threat of plastic degradation to the environment and delicate maritime ecosystems. The installation is made up of tideline plastic collected from the beaches of West Cumbria and assembled in graduating colours and tones gradually blurring into each other.A folded carpet reveals the seductive nature of the colours and textures of the plastic assembly.

“New Broom “.

The mixed media installation was created at the new visual arts hub,Ty Pawb in Wrexham in North Wales where I am currently Artist in Residence.I incorporated the cleaners broom to suggest a meandering pathway cutting through a sea of plastic on the gallery floor.The plastic was gathered from the tideline of various beaches in West Cumbria which will be reused and recycled to create future interventions in the space.

“Spade Story “.

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“Spade Story “,is a pencil and marker pen gallery drawing created during a residency I undertook at Florence Mine in Egremont, West Cumbria in August 2015.The artwork is a large outline of a iron ore miners spade made on the gallery wall and infilled with hand written text about information concerning the iron ore mine. The drawing took four days to create and it was a time consuming process writing out the text.At the end of the show, the gallery owners removed the board it was drawn on rather than paint over it and is now a permanent document and resource ,residing at the Arts Centre.

“Gun Candy” by Tim Pugh.

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“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.