Passage (series), 2013/16

Anonymous second hand jigsaw puzzles, glitter

The series takes inspiration from a second hand jigsaw puzzle complete with the holes left in place of missing and lost pieces. Each puzzle shows a place that is unfamiliar to the artist - yet is always iconic even if more than a little out-dated. Playing with the possibilities that these incomplete pictures offer, the glittery black holes suggest an invitation to pass through space and time.

 
Artwork by Stuart Mayes - click to enlarge
Artwork by Stuart Mayes - click to enlarge
Artwork by Stuart Mayes - click to enlarge
 
 

Odyssey (Black), 2015, Odyssey (Silver), 2013

Salvaged anonymous domestic interior wooden door, glitter

The densely glittered surfaces appear to simultaneously both absorb and reflect light, tiny flashes catch the eye as one moves around the piece. Re-oriented to a landscape format the doors evoke panoramas that are both distant and intimate. Alluding to the interiors of discos and low budget sci-fi scenography the sparkling vistas conjure up places where we can imagine indulging our fantasies.

 
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Artwork by Stuart Mayes - click to enlarge
Artwork by Stuart Mayes - click to enlarge
 
 

Shadow Casting, 2014

Cast glass

Produced during a 'project year' at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm

The existence of the shadow can be seen as the thing that registers our attachment to the physical world. In both adult and children's literature we find stories of the awkwardness, anxiety and trauma resulting from the separation from one's shadow. It might be suggested that without our shadow we would become significantly deficient and unidentifiable. Ancient Egyptians are understood to have believed that each person has two selves: the physical self that embodies all the characteristics that we choose to embody, and the shadow self which is comprised of all the remaining aspects of us. It is as if we somehow know that no one is entirely knowable, even to themselves, and that all of our identities are held in a suspended and critical balance.

 
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Artwork by Stuart Mayes - click to enlarge
Artwork by Stuart Mayes - click to enlarge
 
 

Glory, 2009

Hand-polished anonymous second-hand aluminium ring-form cake tins

Made during residency at wip:sthlm, Stockholm, Sweden.

 
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Artwork by Stuart Mayes - click to enlarge
Artwork by Stuart Mayes - click to enlarge
 
 

Archipelago, 2009

29 anonymous second-hand vintage ceramic dinner plates, silver glitter

Made during residency at wip:sthlm, Stockholm, Sweden.

 
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Artwork by Stuart Mayes - click to enlarge
Artwork by Stuart Mayes - click to enlarge
 
 

Untitled (ljus horisont), 2009

Anonymous second-hand candlesticks, hand-cut wax candles (max 50cm)

Made during residency at wip:sthlm, Stockholm, Sweden.

 
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Tender, 2008/9

Two anonymous second-hand business shirts (complete), cotton thread, wadding, muslin, latex foam, hand-polished stainless-steel chain, chrome fittings

 
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Artwork by Stuart Mayes - click to enlarge
Artwork by Stuart Mayes - click to enlarge
 
 

Cairn, 2008

102 disposable recycled-paper urinals

The installation is temporary and assembled on-site.

 
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Artwork by Stuart Mayes - click to enlarge
 
 

Buddies, 2006-8

Anonymous second-hand ties, dressmaker's pins

 
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Artwork by Stuart Mayes - click to enlarge
 
 

Untitled series, 2006-8

Cotton handkerchiefs, embroidery thread

 
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Exchange, 2006

Second-hand man's shirt, cotton thread

 
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Grandfather's Flower Garden, 2004

Anonymous second-hand man’s shirt, cotton thread

 
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5 and 7, 2004

School shirts, cotton thread

 
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