Starting from my initial, rather flippant, reference to love with collaborator Emile from Another Brand, for the Wallpaper Handmade X project we looked at the film 'The Abominable Dr Phibes', a picture about obsessive love, had discussions about concrete, pub mirrors, council estates, neoclassical architecture and the hidden beauty of everyday objects. This, in turn got me looking at images from the film 'The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant', Werner Fassbinder's story of unrequited love, full of drama and the tedium of rejection.
The process of understanding how our discussion about etching, various styles of architecture, industrial design and film references became a narrative about love was a challenge, however, something must have resonated.
The class, race and gender divide and the timeless nature of love throughout history is represented by the bricks and mortar of the very buildings where we set up home and live out our relationships. The pub and its mirrors, the place throughout the ages, where we go to meet love, get away from love, talk about our love. The combination of the beauty as well as the banality of love through the ordinary day to day, going to work, doing the washing etc. The drama of waiting for the phone to ring and the eventual repetitive nature of waiting for that call, is incapsulated in the figure of Petra in cross hatched metal.
All of these reflect all of us, across the board.