Rob Ryan is a fine artist from Cyprus. Now based in London, his art work consists of many different mediums including ceramics, textiles, jewellery and most famously his intricate paper cuts. Rob Ryan’s paper cuts often consist of nature based landscapes companied by sentimental, grave, honest and sometimes humorous pieces of writing which he has had admitted are autobiographical.
His piece ‘You can still do a lot with a small brain’ (2009) consisted of 11 window decals measuring 4.5 x 1.9 meters which were displayed at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Sarah Coulson and Adrianne Neil interviewed Ryan about this particular piece of work. “This piece is something quite new and different for me. It is my first window decal piece and the first piece of work I have made covering such a large area … the exciting thing about the large scale of this space is that these objects can be shown more or less actual size, the same size that we relate to them on an everyday basis’’ (Rob Ryan – ‘You Can Still Do A Lot With A Small Brain’ page30) Unlike most of Rob Ryan’s paper cuts, this piece was much larger and consisted of everyday objects such as ironing boards and lamps compared to his usual romantic landscape pieces. “All of the objects that fill up this space piled high and precariously, similarly fill our everyday lives. Though they are mundane when seen in isolation like this and out of their domestic context, they serve us faithfully and represent our days, our lives.” (Rob Ryan ‘’ page 30) Rob Ryan created this piece using themes differing from his usual work because of the environment it was to be displayed in, because of the positioning of the windows it is impossible to view all 11 window decals at once and so the viewer is forced to view each one slowly as the message is revealed as walking past each window, Ryan wanted to create something that made the viewer feel that the pieces were ‘’related more specifically to them’’ (Rob Ryan ‘’ page 31) by walking past and seeing life size objects it makes the viewer feel more connected to the piece, all the objects are part of our ordinary domestic lives, while in a rural setting.