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Paul Craney

I make paintings and illustrations, appliquéd tapestries and music. I move erratically between disciplines, shifting from sparse to ornate, from meticulous to slapdash. As a painter I want to make images of wide, empty, ominous landscapes and, set free of any particular technique or uniformity, I try to assemble them in intricate detail, attaching paint, ballpoint scribbles, correction fluid, plaster, glitter, collage, masking tape and textiles. They are often painted on the back of old sign posts and table tops. In the future I would like to make them on a bigger scale.

My hand-sewn tapestries appear overly ornamental, indulgent and hallucinatory, contrasting with the repetitive, laborious nature of their construction. There’s always another space to fill which leaves them perpetually incomplete.