Russell Webb is an artist with a mixed practice that encompasses sculpture, books, moving image and painting. The work emerges from simple observations and much of his recent output has taken the form of trompe l’oeil wooden sculpture. He depicts commonplace things that we give little or no thought to such as mouldy or discarded fruit peels, a length of twine or lichen covered sticks.
Webb does not aim to elevate his subject matter merely to consider it. The increases in scale that often result from his studies are because, he says, the closer we look the smaller we become. Only too aware that everything is temporary to a greater or lesser degree, all of Webb’s work is a memento mori in one form or another.