Detritus. “The Debris of Consumerism”

Sat 21 January @ Sat 21 January Sun 12 February @ Sun 12 February

Sat 21st Jan – Sun 12th Feb 2023

Detritus. “The Debris of Consumerism”
David Rodford

Artist David Rodford is endeavouring to synthesise his experience of a lifetime working in industrial design and manufacture, knowledge of materials and processes with the themes of his artistic practice. He takes consumer packaging for his source material and, using a process of casting, has created three-dimensional Plaster of Paris forms, making the hand-made from the machine-made. 

The cast arrangements on display articulate a personal view of the world, a relationship with materials, making and sustainability. 

“By taking the banal and ephemeral materials and by process transforming and memorialising them, I am prompting the viewer to both re-examine and revaluate their relationship with the source material”.  David Rodford 

Detritus represents the culmination of study with the Open College of Arts, culminating in this exhibition, which is his degree show. 

Meet the Artist: Sat 28 Jan
Your chance to meet David in the gallery for an informal tour of the exhibition and to ask questions, find out more about the work and processes employed in their making. 

Instagram Link:  david_rodford_art 

Artists Statement

I bring to my practice the experience of a working life spent in industrial design and manufacture which informs my relationship with materials and processes. In this body of work I am bringing this knowledge and synthesising it with my artistic drives. In particular the manipulation of materials, the placement of forms, compositions and the relationship between 2D and 3D.

This group of work titled ‘Detritus’ is about disposability, design and making; taking ephemeral, banal throw away objects and by process making the handmade from the machine-made, the impermanent permanent. I regard the source material, supermarket packaging, as considered pieces of design, whose qualities, through my process are elevated. I see the cast forms as three-dimensional photographs that memorialise disposable manufactured objects and index their condition and the works a combination of associated elements plus my own perspective.

The resulting compositions are a recollection of a working life, they are autobiographical, a meditation and celebration of making. The visual language that emerges from these works derives from my intimate understanding of the components and processes that are behind their manufacture rather than an ideology that relates to minimalism.


Clayden Gallery
Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm

Meet the Artist:
Sat 28th Jan
Clayden Gallery
FREE all welcome