Richard Tipping

Artist’s Statement

Everything in human life leads in and out of politics. We are held together, and apart, by political relationships.

Much visual art is happy to be decorative, reflecting the world as seen and acting within it rather than acting upon it, being what Marcel Duchamp called ‘retinal’. My passion for poetic words (surprising in taste, dense in reference) has meant that my own art practice resonates with text. Sometimes words themselves become the image, as in typographic concrete poetry; and sometimes words change an existing visual image, encouraging the viewer to a new point of view. Politics sticks.