7 Stories 

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7 Stories #1 #2 #3  2020 Print & Acrylic Paint on Blotting Paper 54cm x 75cm 

Three prints from a series developed for meeting room - The Autism & Criminal  Justice System, Salford. This work will be seen by staff, students, academics, police, solicitors and individuals in the system. It was initially a challenging subject because of  the diverse range of viewers who used the room. The outcome has enabled the work to speak to any visitor as they create their own stories within its narrative.

The work is inspired by the concept of  '7 basic plots' from the book of the same name by Christopher Booker. It is a jung-influenced analysis of stories and their social meaning. I chose this subject as my research revealed the common thread of storytelling in an effort to relate to the world around us. Images are drawn from metaphors for each story. The materials used are inspired by 'Arte Povera' - templates from architecture models and old blotting papers from past printers form the basis of the images and carry their own stories.

The work began as a plan for a sculpture. This is a reflection on the multidisciplinary approach I take when resolving a subject.

The reasons for the changes have become part of  my story.    

Further details on this project are available on the following link:

https://babssmith.art.blog/2020/03/14/7-stories-2/