Clive

Clive’s practice has been defined but not necessarily limited by his surrounding environment. Working in the small floor space of his room and on his hands and knees, Clive would tape A4 sheets of paper together to create his background. As his idea grew, so did the format; paper was added on where it was needed often resulting in irregular shaped works that do not conform to being framed or boxed in. Over time, with coffee spillages, scuffs and the daily institutional requirement that the works to be folded and unfolded, his work is now a fragile embodiment of the limits and rigidity of the system he found himself in. The work shown here is one of many large-scale highly ambitious works made whilst a patient at the Bethlem Royal Hospital.