Diminish and ascend












Diminish and ascend – 2013
welded aluminium. 12000 x 1450 x 3800


The idea for Diminish and ascend began many years ago as a conversation about a performance piece depicting a ladder, or similar, that required the protagonist to grow smaller in order to ascend … a kind of Lewis Carroll device that we talked about achieving with shadow puppetry or projection. It was only after outlining a rudimentary sketch that I saw the potential as a perspective illusion …and some years later that I actually made one. As such it remains an almost accidental artwork and something of an orphan … but also in many ways a most rewarding artwork because of the universality of the sentiment it stirs in viewers. I still hold hopes of building one on a truly monumental scale for permanent placement.