Sketches for The Entropic Boudoir

A Word in Your Shell-Like 2021

Miss Margate (Iron Pyrites) 2021

The Director 2021

The Death of All We Once Held Dear

Hairy Vernon Ward

Hairy Vernon Ward (detail)

More Hairy Vernon Ward

Swim Agaric

The Great Unravelling

Shadow Aspect i

The Librarian

The Forager

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Swimming Pools of the Apocalypse


Old Rose

Old Rose ii

Wax Flowers

Wax Flowers (detail) 2023


Germs of a new idea about entropy and ageing:
I propose to create a room called The Entropic Boudoir. On first appearances it is a glamorous bedroom in the ‘Hollywood Regency’ style. Upon closer inspection things are not as they first appear; everything in the room is in a process of deterioration, decay, collapse, crystallisation, calcification, liquification, and other natural transformative processes. There will be a sound collage playing through various speakers in the boudoir, created from amplified recordings of these entropic processes, mixed with a female voice describing the physical decline of her ageing body, the ebb and flow of her vitality, the weakening of her allure. I’ve found this to be a taboo subject in our culture and worthy of personal exploration. The boudoir functions as a metaphor for the changes in her corporeal presence, and every object on the dressing table, and every garment in the wardrobe is part of that story. But there is a metaphor within a metaphor here, as the entropy of this interior is an echo of the collapse of nature and the dying days of our planet.