“My work focuses on the everyday, the cheap, the crude, the funny, the throwaway. I use objects in sculpture and installation that I find in cheap shops, second hand shops, pound shops and joke shops that are innately representative of the society they come from. I am interested in appropriation and creating fiction out of reality.
Often the process of shopping plays a role in my work, and the constant pursuit of cheap materials, takes me to many interesting places, as well as some scary ones. It is interesting that most cheap shops selling bright, cheerful plastic goods, are situated in poor, often troubled areas, where there is sometimes little to be happy about. This is reflected in the work. It is happy and funny, but with a dark side. Humour is often used to mask darker currents, especially in the culture I have been brought up in, in Liverpool.
Shopping Centres, cartoons, ‘Fun’ times, teenagers, car boot sales, Japan, Poundland, British tabloids, ‘making do’, John Waters, music videos, dreams, advertising, old men’s pubs, all have an influence on me. As a consequence, I make work that is both familiar and alien at the same time.
I have exhibited my work in and around Liverpool, and at all Liverpool Biennials. I have also exhibited in Birmingham, London, Stavanger, Norway, Reykjavik, Iceland and Berlin, Germany. I have worked on educational projects with (amongst others), National Wildflower Centre, Liverpool Biennial, The Big Draw and Knowsley Council. I have made work for British Airways, Save the Children and Liverpool HAT. My work has also been featured in Tatler, Artist’s Newsletter, Art Review (online) and various Norwegian press.” Nicki McCubbing