In this series of eight photogravure prints, Piper explores memory, sentimentality and the semantic meaning of an object. Piper's father was an engineer and his studio is full of his fathers tools, neatly arranged and ordered ready for work. This final selection from hundred of objects and tools expresses an aspect of personality, family relationship and memory. The similarity of form between the feminine outside calipers and the more masculine spring dividers is a reference to the artist and his twin sister. The delicate simplicity of the lacquer brush speaks of gentleness and creativity, whilst the more powerful and aggressive forms of the G-clamp and wrench speak of trauma and control.
I'm constantly reminded of my father each day at the studio as I'm surrounded by my his tools, most of which are of the finest quality. I remember how he taught me how to use each one as a young boy. Faced with an engineering or build problem during my working day I will ask what would dad have done. Often I'm rewarded with an elegant, simple solution quite out of the blue. This is a very personal work about my complex relationship with my Father.
£160 print only £250 framed