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The Locksmith's Stall

The Locksmith's Stall

Screen Print on Somerset paper
38cm x 24cm

A few years ago I visited India and fell in love with the colours, patterns, chaos and charm of the place. I loved the quiet temples, the busy markets, the painted havellis and decorated palaces. I made a lot of paintings and prints from my research when I returned, and am still using some of the information I gathered!

This print is of a tiny stall in Bikaner's Local Market. It was a stall were you could take a padlock without a key, and the stallholder would adapt one of his keys to fit it. Or if you had a spare key, but had lost the padlock, he would make one of his padlocks fit your key. It was a tiny example of how nothing is wasted in India and things are reused and recycled. Everywhere we went we saw evidence of this - there would be Kodak digital shops right next to a photographer using an old box camera with a cloth over his head. The reuse and recycling is creative and ingenious, but also born of necessity and poverty, and I wanted my print to allude to this.

Please note that this is a handmade print and there may be slight variations in the edition. Each piece is unique!