Utopia: 1974 (N.F.S.)

This end of year BA Fine Art Degree work was the result of a three year 'quest for imagery' based on industrial wastelands in South Devon. At this stage, continuing with Marxist ideology I was influenced by Russian-Italian Futurist and English Vorticists artists because of the notion of the dialectical unity of theory and practice.
I wanted to fuse subjective and objective responses to the world; I was looking at 'nature' in a geometrical way that would be both expressive and abstract. The theory here gave authenticity to my inner life but also reflected the chaos of the external world in this period. I sought a type of 'universalising' aesthetic system that was 'historically specific'. It retrospect this was part of the Utopian -Idealist thinking that was counter to the themes at Exeter.
This was against the popular thinking of Cornish based teachers I had at this time, who were into pure plastic art that had no connection with the real world.It was an adjuct of American Abstract Expressionism, that I loved but also considered to be pure self-expression and therefore an way of accepting the status quo of Capitalism.However, I was supported by the writings of Francis Klinginder, and did my dissertation on ideas that supported my imagery: I had this work well accepted by tutors despite idealogical differences, but was obliquly viewed as a type of revolutionary agent " for the transformation of reality"; so was thought of as more 'Red' than was appropriate at that time in Devon.
But these concepted went well with the events of the 'three day week' under Edward Heath; the organising of  'right to work' demonstrations and giving birth to my first child Tamsin.

Oil on canvas 200cm x 130cm.