Young Mind, Old Soul
started his informal and formative artistic training with a spray can
and a thirst for expression at the tender age of 12. Raised in a small
seaside town, the memory of stoney beaches, crashing waves, and
weathered seamen drives the story behind Word To Mother’s imagery.
While the untold history of the castaway wood or tin on which he
paints, lends his work undeniable charm and mystery.
fascination with the resurrection of the discarded has led him to
create some of the most intoxicating and dynamic works on the UK scene
today. By integrating his own thoughts, memories and love for life,
Word To Mother gives abandoned objects a life force they once lost;
enhancing the original beauty of the found treasures while recalling
the unspoken history held in the textures, cracks and imperfections of
I like to use things that have already existed as something else. I
like the idea of objects having a past and then re-using them. Taking
things that have been discarded by someone, seen as useless and then
taking it home and turning it into a painting. For me, a lot of the
wood and metal panels I find are beautiful without anything on them, so
I try to retain as much of the original texture and colour of the
object as possible".
combined essence of the forsaken objects and WTM’s imagery remind us
that we do not have to be old in days to understand the brilliance of
youth and the deference due to the past.
“For me, the idea of having a Young Mind and an Old Soul is about retaining the freedom of youth, the creative and unrestricted energy to continue to question things and to educate yourself, whilst living with a respect and understanding of the past.”- Word To Mother