GREEN / REGEN
Kate Lynch, 2010
Found lithographs, vinyl on polycarbonate sheets
‘GREEN’ is an anagram of ‘REGEN’. The circular form of the text allows both of these words to be read and reflects the regenerative cycle of nature and continuity of life. Just as in the natural world, the city is undergoing constant changes involving destruction and renewal; urban regeneration. Regeneration has become a buzz word in the city at this point in time, often abbreviated as ‘regen’.
‘Green’ is also emerging a desirable and fashionable term/ethos within the city, with campaigns for green spaces and environmental improvement, and the rising popularity of allotments and ‘grow your own’. This organic aesthetic has been diluted into the marketing of many products, with the results sometimes being misleading and false. The use of vinyl lettering and plastic, over the artist’s usual choice of natural and sustainable materials, reflects these contradictions.
The face of the ‘Green Man’ emerges from the detritus of the ceramics industry (ceramic lithographs), questioning the sustainability and prosperity of industry and regeneration schemes. The used lithograph backings are lifeless remnants of industry. The ‘Green Man’ traditionally represents regeneration of the natural world. Here the artist is reinterpreting this theme to relate to the regeneration of the city, therefore also suggesting potential – that it may become abundant and vibrant after the process of urban renewal.
The floral lithographs also celebrate what is ‘green’ in our city- parks, allotments, back gardens or overgrown wasteland with thriving habitats.
For more about the work go to www.aconversationwiththegreenman.blogspot.com