Since 1999 John Strutton’s practice has taken the form of drawing, installation, video/animation and performance. The work often uses the strategy of accrual to deal with a visual form of veneration and cultural reclamation. The resulting installations, of paintings, drawings and objects become a kind of makeshift memorial, an ex-voto offering where nostalgia becomes a form of revenge. The sedimentary process creates a convoluted cosmos of effigies, mandalas, portraits and trophies, a graveyard whose architecture is sustained by anxiety.
John Strutton and Lucy Pawlak, 10:18 min, video, sound, colour, looped, 2009.