Tim Spooner works in performance, collage, painting and sculpture. His work uses materials in ways that reveal unexpected properties, aiming to open up perspectives beyond the human scale. Fundamentally interested in unpredictability, his work is an exercise in balancing control with a lack of it in the handling of the materials he is working with.
Since 2010 he has created a series of increasingly complex live works centred around the revelation of “life” in material. Most recent are The Voice of Nature, an interconnected system of fragile sculptures; The Assembly of Animals, made for young audiences and concerned with the abstraction of an animal form; and The Telescope, which uses a microscope camera to reveal a universe of miniature objects manipulated using magnets, electricity and chemical reactions.
Alongside, and in relation to these projects, he has produced a continuous stream of paintings and collages.