Janek’s Toys and puppet politics

‘Janek’s Toys’ were first created to celebrate the birth of my first nephew Janek while I was still at art college in Toronto. Many years later, closing down the family home there, I came across another forgotten plate in the series – one large plate with a series of 9 moving puppets. With the help of artist friends Avril Bull-Jones and Doug Jones, the plate was cut into 9 transportable pieces, and they went home with me to England. The time was 2010, a period rife with daily new revelations of misconduct, deceptions and fraud by our leading figures in politics, investment banking, industry and more. With these plates I could have created a pleasant story for children, but instead chose the ‘Puppet Politic’ route.

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