David Fullarton‘s collage illustrations are born out of his love of notebooks in which he’s constantly scribbling phrases, sticking scraps of paper into and anything else that piques his interest. His is the world of ephemera, the stuff of the everyday, the overlooked, the unwanted, the discarded. Armed with a plethora of paper, scribbles and doodles Fullarton creates his illustrations with an offbeat humour that belies the effort and skill of his collage technique.
In his series of apologies he makes up collages that sum up what we in Ireland have a habit of doing all the time. Namely saying sorry. Sorry for existing, for doing, for trying, for just about anything. As he says himself:
This is an ongoing series of small mixed media drawings. Each one is an imagined apology combined with a pencil portrait drawn from found pictures of people I’ve never met. Although I’m British, I’ve lived in the USA for the last 16 years, which means I come from a place where everyone constantly apologises for everything, and I live in a place where no one ever apologizes for anything. This series has come about as a result of that experience. The pieces are also intended to explore the capability of a short, contextless phrase to insinuate a variety of larger and more complex narratives in the perception of the beholder.