Cut paper, wood, paint, wire mesh, archival board

Octagon Room

Courtesy the Artist

Male weaver-birds create intricate woven structures during the mating season. By intertwining twigs and found material they construct colourful and extravagant structures to attract the female. In much the same way, the 2nd Lord Berwick lavishly decorated the mansion before and during his marriage to Sophia. The bold Regency scheme of the room illustrates his extravagant desire to impress.

The artist has also responded to the Attingham Re-discovered project, which is restoring the Regency splendour of this room at the heart of the masculine part of the house. His structures, nestled in the cabinets where Lord Berwick would have kept his private papers and documents, are made of a multitude of shreds from old magazines. They reflect the striking colours and patterns in this room and take their shape from actual decorative elements present through the house such as the griffins on the table legs in the Picture Gallery or the finial of the chandelier above.

Tom Gallant

Tom Gallant uses paper-cutting techniques in his works, which simultaneously conceal and reveal the magazine image source materials. Utilising the ancient far-Eastern techniques of Kirigami and Origami, Tom Gallant works with collage to explore the reduction and reassembly of images, creating elegant formations which reference both art and social histories.

Tom Gallant's work has been exhibited extensively worldwide. Recent solo exhibitions include Two Arcs That Curve in Opposite Senses, at DCKT Contemporary, New York in 2009 and at Four All Saints, London in 2011. Tom Gallant's work has appeared in group exhibitions in London, Berlin, Milan and New York, amongst other places. Tom's work is included in many major international collections. He is based in London.