I started as a photographer. Over time I have moved from photographing the world around me to creating worlds derived from photography, as well as literary texts, and other inputs. My work has become steadily more sculptural. A key influence has been the work of Thomas Demand, a sculptor whose end point is a photograph. For me it’s the other way round—a photograph, or an imaginary image, ends up as a three dimensional object. Throughout I’ve been interested in questions relating to freedom, and in particular the contradictory human needs for both freedom and stability. Each requires the balance of the other, for freedom unchecked leads to anarchy and chaos, while the extreme pursuit of stability leads to oppression. Most of my work deals with this elemental contradiction, with humankind’s never ending oscillation between open and closed systems, whether of software, thought, or the structure of society.

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David Howe