my mouth shall speak of wisdom
‘my mouth shall speak of wisdom’, 2006, cmyk print
Fagen works in a variety of ways to create artworks that examine what he calls ‘cultural formers.’ His print for the Cove Park Portfolio uses an iconic image forged from his ‘library of ideas’ that first appeared in his 2005 solo exhibition and publication Clean Hands, Pure Heart at Tramway, Glasgow, and more recently in a photographic print in his 2006 solo exhibition Closer at doggerfisher, Edinburgh. It references notions of identity, symbolism and cultural associations, with particular reference links between Scotland and Jamaica at the time of the poet Robert Burns. Each time Fagen reworks this strong, graphic historically sourced image he repositions it in a new context. The new printed version uses a four-colour process, causing the image to slightly fragment, thus adding a sense of dramatisation to its form.