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About the Work

I became very interested in ordering everything ready-made, including freedom, so I took a packaged day out to Skegness. I particularly admired Richard Hamilton's work, especially his reconstruction of Duchamp, although I hadn't heard of Donald Judd. However, everyone had seen the Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour' on TV. In constructing the sculpture I went to a great deal of trouble to make the 8' x 4' skyboard stand upright with no visible means of support (as a ready-made object of consumerism is designed to appear). Two inches separated the seaboard from the skyboard. Thus the object appeared effortless. I then adorned the skyboard with freely drawn seagulls on one side and stencilled seagulls on the other. Around the edge of the seaboard I painted stylised blue waves. I got the idea from seeing, as a child, the pattern being made in seaside rock, which is made in flat sheets before being rolled into sticks. I finished the work with a polished easy-care surface, which helped reflect the sea into the sky and vice-versa.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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