John Atherton

A found yearbook is the seemingly arbitrary starting point for my work,  a quite unpredictable and fortuitous beginning. The yearbook is a rite of passage, a point of departure, it captures a moment of infinite possibility, the imminent journey to an unknown destination.

My work is screen printed onto different papers and collaged together but I think of myself as a painter, the piles of paper, my colour palette. These layers of materials and imagery embody a vast hinterland of narratives and creative ideas that echo back to the yearbook. The creative journey and the personal narratives are encoded in the stratification of materials with only the most recent layer fully visible.