Through the process of making my own battle jacket I am re-connecting in a new way with physical materials and realising the importance of this to me as an artist. In a sense this involves working backwards from the painting – taking the object out of the painting by actually making it.
By removing (through actually making) the object, perhaps this releases the painting process from the function of description and allows it to do other things (e.g. symbolise more directly, communicate through materials and construction, play with abstract form etc.)….