"Objects are very powerful and can evoke recollections of memories and experiences. Time machines - symbolic, historical, we identify them as a part of who we are or were and assign them significance and value. They can be personal or collective and pass from generation to generation or across cultures. I explores these relationships introducing some viewers to objects that have made the journey through time and reconnecting others to memories of their past.
I am drawn to their individual tales and aesthetics. Some bear the marks of time: wear from use, decades of weather and countless years forgotten in a barn or attic. Others show evidence of their former owners – a child’s name, a tradesman’s initials or skilled engraver’s dedication.
In the finished piece, bolts and screws are hidden to enhance the illusion of the parts creating a harmony. Viewers share their knowledge and experiences with objects they discover in the work and this ultimately becomes integrated into its universal collective story of each piece."
Mike's work is held by private collectors throughout the world and public and private corporations.