Detail of The Estate



A detail of the painting 'The Estate'.
Acrylic on Canvas 120cm x 130cm

A painting about money.

The image of the eyes of The Queen from a Twenty Pound Note is made solely from the quotes of someone living on the breadline on a London sink estate.
The letters slowly start to disintegrate the more desperate
the story becomes.
The 'text image' is pierced by abstract shapes metaphoric of shards of broken glass and London's newest symbol of wealth The Shard.
The green is representative of money as well as envy.

This is the text that makes up the image:

WE MOVED TO THIS ESTATE FIVE YEARS AGO
ITS A DUMP
THE FIRE ENGINES AND THE POLICE ARE ALWAYS ROUND NEARLY EVERY NIGHT
WE HAD PRAM SHEDS BUT YOU COULD NEVER USE THEM THERE WERE ALWAYS FIRES IN THEM
PEOPLE WERE USING MINE AS A DUMP FOR NICKED STUFF
I FOUND A TELEPHONE ANSWERING MACHINE IN THERE ONCE
THE WORST PROBLEM WHEN WE FIRST MOVED IN WAS THE BREAK INS
THE FRONT DOORS ARE A PIECE OF CAKE ALL YOU NEED IS A PLASTIC CARD TO OPEN THE LOCK
WE WERE BROKEN INTO SIX TIMES IN THREE YEARS
TWICE WE DISTURBED THEM MY TEN YEAR OLD FOUND THEM
EVER SINCE THEN THE GIRLS HAVE BEEN REALLY NERVOUS IN THE NIGHT
THEY LEAVE THEIR DOOR OPEN SO I CAN HEAR THEM IF THEY CALL ME
ALL OF A SUDDEN THE CHILDREN NEEDED A LOT OF CLOTHES
ONE OF THEM LOST A SHOE IN THE MARKET AND I COULDNT FIND IT
SO THAT WAS A NEW PAIR THAT WAS NEEDED
I WENT TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY TO ASK FOR CLOTHES BUT THEY WOULDNT GIVE ME A THING
WHEN THEY REFUSED THAT I SAT DOWN AND CRIED
WERE GETTING LOW NOW
WE’VE GOT FOOD FOR TODAY BUT THERES NONE FOR TOMORROW
LAST WEEK WE RAN OUT OF MONEY FOR THE ELECTRIC METER
WE HAD TO HUNT ROUND THE HOUSE FOR PENNIES TO MAKE UP FIFTY PENCE
THIS WEEK I STARTED THINKING OF THINGS I COULD SELL