My parents made dioramas, glass paintings and props for museums and television. So when I was a child creations of magical randomness would appear. I’d come home from school to find that a spider-web filled the living room or that an ice cave was forming in the shed.
This landscape made it natural for me to make things too.
In 1986, after an art foundation course at Kingston Polytechnic, I went to Canada where I spent three months taking photographs. Throughout the 90s I travelled frequently to take pictures; for a fresh eye, but more specifically for the freedom and the time to respond to the everyday poetry of the world going by.
The work I made at this time was seen in publications including The Times, The Independent, The Observer. Marie Claire, Creative Review and Photographers International. It was also held in galleries in Islington and the West End and represented by Corbis Photo Library as well as being included in international exhibitions, including several Royal Photographic Society International Print Opens, winning a medal in one of them.
After completing a fine art degree in Alternative Practice at what was then Brighton Polytechnic, I spent the next 20 years working freelance, making scenery for Nick Pemberton and later Dave Crosswell. Projects spanned a vast spectrum that included a Viking theme park in Norway, a whale’s stomach in the Czech Republic for the film Pinocchio, a giant skull for the London premiere of Pirates in the Caribbean, and the heraldic decorations on the Queen’s row barge, The Gloriana, for the 2012 Diamond Jubilee.
I had worked a lot with reflective surfaces towards the end of my degree and in 2005, while working on a Baroque interior for television I was asked to find a way to antique mirror. The result was a sequence of experiments that lead to the production of designs set in mirror – and in 2008 I set up www.saligodesign.com with a business partner to market them. For 8 years we produced designs and finishes for an international client base and in 2016 I sold my stake in the company.
From 2005 until 2016 I taught drawing and painting and life and portrait classes in adult education. Teaching became intrinsic to the way I thought and kept me alert to the potential of any ideas, observations or processes that one could teach and learn through. It was a lovely way of sharing the exploration of ideas.
Now I am the art technician for Rosebery school in Epsom.