The painting ‘Stepney Farm’ derived from the place of the same name, a city-farm in east-London. Having grown up in ruralCanada, the absurdity of seeing turkeys stomping around the middle ofLondonseemed even more striking. Perhaps this irony caused me to look at the appearance of a turkey in a more curious way. The turkey took on new dimensions. I now saw it s some prehistoric animal, part reptile and part bird, which somehow escaped extinction. The more I worked with the image the stranger it seemed. The turkeys appeared as skinheads walking the streets. Then again I saw it as a self-portrait, a rural Canadian transplanted inLondon. The turkey seemed not to be aware that it didn’t belong and walked proudly through my paintings.
Letter from the artist, n.d.
- Accession Number P5743
- Dimensions 51.6 X 110.5 CM
- Media OIL ON CANVAS
Work of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is a tightly stretched piece of canvas, paper or a wooden panel. Painting involves a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's intellectual concerns effecting the content of a work.