Berlin has relatively hot summers; in London Tube passengers are advised to carry a bottle of water with them, largely due to the lack of air conditioning in London’s underground system. I continued the habit of carrying a bottle of water with me in Berlin.
This artwork is both a portrait of a constant companion in a foreign land and a familiar friend from home.
The title “Eine flasche wasser, bitte.” translates from German to English as “A bottle of water, please”. One of the few phrases I learnt while in Berlin.
The work comprises of a number of drawn studies of a plastic water bottle, cut out onto cardboard. Each drawing is then fixed to the background at varying distances, to create a feeling of depth.
Studies of an Ice Hockey glove, tape measure and an army boot. All drawings are oil pastel on paper. I use a quick quick drawing technique to keep the work fresh and honest, whilst tending to the technical skill side of my artwork.