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“Associated British Parts” by Jordan Palmer

I am 22 years old, living in Hull, and graduated in 2014 with a first-class honours in Fine Art from Hull School of Art & Design. During my degree, I realised my true passion lies within sculpture.

I am a collector of intriguing objects. I document things I see on a daily basis and can pick out ready-made accidental sculptures in almost everything. I enjoy travelling, creating when and where I can with the materials that surround me.

I deal with the ready-made and the ready-to-be-unmade. My sculpture employs objects taken out of their usual context which take on a new character by shedding their normal roles and rules. Elevated from mundane everyday routines and without function, they become fantasy. As an artist who is a collector of found objects, I explore form and balance, through interconnection and juxtaposition: surface, material and form contribute equally to the process of disguising or emphasising recognisable objects.

I often spray paint these objects using intense colours, working quickly and spontaneously. Overlapping patterns emerge through the repetitive use of ready-made stencils on a range of different surfaces and connect unrelated or opposed objects by merging two and three-dimensional elements together. I create installations in which the viewer performatively interacts with these forms and the surrounding space. I compose and curate the work in relation to its immediate surroundings, intuitively testing and pushing boundaries.

When visiting the site, we were shown industrial maritime materials that had been found on the dock. As a sculptor who is very fond of working with found objects, I have a real passion for metal, recycled and historically-functional objects and believed it extremely important that these were used in the sculpture. Simply walking around the yard inspired me hugely; I imagined the intriguing compositions and constructions I could create combining a wide range of shaped objects.

My starting point for the project, therefore, consisted of thinking of ways to site-specifically interpret the recycled materials to enhance the experience of the public using the pathway. I wanted the design to connect to all ages, whether through the triggering of memories for the older ABP project generation or the gaining of historical knowledge by the younger generation. I don’t think you can reference the history of the dock in any better way than using actual materials found on the site as straight away they are recognisable and tell stories through their condition, material texture and shapes.

Through this experience, I have learnt that there are many stages and procedures that are essential when undertaking a commissioned project like this one, including planning, costing, budget control, and health and safety awareness. Time management and deadlines are paramount as there are groups of individuals all working on different areas of the project together. Other skills I have gained include negotiating with other companies and professionals in different areas of expertise, learning their procedures and the work involved to create and install a piece of public art work.

My hopes for the ABP project are for this to be the first of my works to be erected in the public realm. I gained a true all-round experience of overseeing the designing and erecting of my sculpture at all stages of the process and installation. I hope that it will inspire further artworks for Hull.