In his latest series of work Peter Tilley invites us along as he continues his maritime journey aboard listless vessels floating through unlikely compositions.
His works combine highly tactile carved objects with found objects in what he describes as three dimensional still lifes. Like the still life painter Tilley is a master craftsman; his exquisitely carved objects are mostly devoid of any evidence of his own hand. Unlike the still life painter however, Tilley has the advantage of dictating the scale that each of his objects will take. As a result his work combines life sized found objects with extremely scaled down figures and boats to form a striking visual tableau.
Each of these combined elements contains their own symbolism for Tilley but they also speak to a broader audience. A sole contemplative figure is juxtaposed against the freedom of a bird perched high above and ready for flight. It is these small elements - the possibility of escape represented by the bird - which hints at the positive completion of this particular journey that Tilley has undertaken.