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I exhibited my first Melt Away series in 2001 and have only recently returned to the theme. Something of the childish humour drew me back. Like many of my projects, it started as an accident, watching an ice cream hit a cafe floor, seeing pleasure turn to disaster. But I was compelled by the idea of it. The ice cream lolly is such an evocative shape; its play, innocence and wit. But as it melts, it becomes something else. The moment becomes fleeting. The form becomes formless. The lolly, drained of its own lurid colours, is elevated by the boldness of the background.

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