These prints use imagery based on the manhole covers, hydrants and boundary boxes we pass by every day. I am interested in the geometric designs, numerals and text they contain, their presence as historical markers of urbanisation and as access points to the networks and infrastructure that underpin our lives. Their habitual presence in our streets belies their ongoing utility; their presence reassures us. Their design and durability are signifiers of the values, industry and organisation that make our cities work.
I have created these prints from photographs I have taken in the UK and abroad. I have chosen to present them smaller than life size, requiring the viewer to examine them closely to recognise the patterns we see beneath our feet. Some contain abstract marks imitating workers’ spray paint notations before they make physical changes to the urban infrastructure.