artist’s statement



Rescued Items from Babel


Rescued Items from Babel is a series of digitally manipulated photographic prints. The figure is employed in staged environments to explore the failings and aspirations of visual, verbal, and written communication; particularly in relation to the thought process and the creative act. The images form a group of self portraits that use visual states of collapse as a metaphor for the human condition, particularly with regard to planning and aspiration. Each piece includes one or more figures posed with a variety of props: the artist’s own notebooks and miniature ladders have been use thus far. The recorded constructions are further developed into impossible structures through photo-manipulation.

Colour.  Approximate size A2. 42 by 59.4 cms.


“As this series has progressed other themes underlying the above have begun to make themselves apparent. One of these relates to how I became involved in art in the first place.  As a child growing up in a consistently and highly argumentative family, my escape was to sit at a table in my bedroom and draw. I would make small books of illustrated stories. Now that I am older I realise that this was not an activity solely undertaken as an enjoyable pastime; it was a way of finding some peace beyond the verbal chaos of my parent’s arguments. Today I will often find myself awoken to this association when I am at my own desk, happily scribbling into my notebook.


As a result of the conscious and unconscious themes in this series I have become interested in the potential (hidden) associations that can be inherent in the work place, and specifically the desk. This prescribed area is like a ‘building site’. Regardless of the type of work we do, whether domestic, commerce or art, this is where things are collated and constructed. In other words, it is a generative space. This is more evident now that the computer has become a household object, means of production, and means of communication.”






Recent Practise 2002 - 2004


Greg Daville has been a practising artist since leaving the Royal College of Art in 1985. His work is idea led and has resulted in art made in a variety of media including digitally manipulated photography, internet art, interactive CD-Rom, installation and text. In the last four years he has focussed on new media work, but complements this with traditional media.

In 2002 he travelled throughout mainland Europe exhibiting an interactive CD Rom book called ‘Knob: [monkey opera]’: showing in film/multi-media festivals in Cannes (selected for Milia 2002), Rome, Croatia and Yugoslavia. He was invited to lecture in Rome and was awarded a two month E.M.A.R.E. residency in Werkleitz, Germany.

‘Knob: [monkey opera]’ was purchased by the Biblioteque Nationale De France. Paris, France, and by the Victoria & Albert Museum. London.

In 2003 he took part in 'Originate' (Gallery 47), and ‘Reduced’ (Centre of Attention with Century Gallery) in London.

In a joint collaboration with poet Catherine Smith he was commissioned to make ‘Second Skin’; an image sequence which was projected onto the faćade of Saint Mary in the Castle Arts Centre on the cliffs of Hastings.

At the end of the year he exhibited a new series of digitally constructed photographs entitled ‘Rescued Items from Babel’ in Brighton, and was awarded and Individual Artist’s Grant from the Arts Council, South East.

In 2004 he was chosen to show his work in The Arts Council, South East premises as part of the ‘Work on Walls’ project. Two pieces from the ‘Rescued Items from Babel’ series were selected for the Siggraph Conference /

Festival in Los Angeles, for which he was awarded a second grant from the Arts Council. He presently working on the second part of the ‘Rescued Items from Babel’ series for which he has recently shot new photos in the Arts Council premises.

In November, 2004 he began a residency/exhibition in the Head Offices of SEEDA in Guilford, England.

His work can be seen in the ‘Secrets of Award-Winning Digital Artists’, edited by Jeremy Sutton and Daryl Wise for Wiley Publishing and on his own website, which I would like to submit as a link with IDAA:



Submitted Pieces


‘Estate’                       24 by 22.77 inches              300 d.p.i.

‘Slump’                      24 by 17.53 inches              300 d.p.i.

‘Resignation’            24 by 16 inches                   300 d.p.i.




is a visualisation of the urban condition, and the contemporary human’s reciprocal link with architecture and it’s surroundings. The abstract buildings, (digitally constructed from my own note books), thrust triumphantly from the suited man, but can equally be read as weighing down on the figure which can be seen as no more than the foundation stone.




Seemingly documented from a bizarre performance or break down. The figure is at odds with the Corporate environment in which it was shot, (The Arts Council new offices in Brighton). The shape of the pile of books mimics the diagonal of a business forecast graph: which can be read as rising or slumping. Collapse as a state of resolution.




Referencing Goya’s etching ‘The Sleep of Reason’, the figure is collapsed from exhaustion under the colossal Monolith of filing boxes. Contemporary England is fast becoming a ‘Nanny State’, although the piece is not just a political reference to the age of ‘accountability’ we live in; it is ironic, and tries to say something about human frailty, and the difficulty we all face in finding our place within the world.


Greg Daville


Flat 3

16, Brunswick Terrace


East Sussex







2005 IDAA

PO BOX 437

Elsternwick 3185

Melbourne Australia