Steve Paterson

I have always been fascinated by the way preconceived work evolves while in dialogue with the sitter, and how the change in perspective emerging from this translates to the viewer. This piece, which I had initially envisioned as a version of St Jerome, soon became concerned with how we see the concepts of nationhood and nationalism post-2014 and 2016, and the attendant polarisation of the Yes/No/In/Out debates. During the sittings, I felt it became increasingly important to try to capture the moments of anger, reflection, defeat, ridicule and humour that emerged during these conversations — which, almost inevitably, left us absolutely none the wiser.

SPA 2017 Exhibition, King of Scotland, 75 x 45 x 40 cm,  Bronze resin / acrylic, £3,500