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Works, 2023

In the current series Absent without Leave Dennis use the army surplus tent canvas to make both 3 dimensional and stretched paintings. The tent fabric is used both as the physical material to paint upon and as a conceptual point of departure. Using the military tent as a substrate locates the material sociopolitically, and speaks to the current situations across the world; war, migration, economy and ecology. Places of strong contradiction, at once a safe heaven, home, a shelter or a sanctuary but also places associated with conflict, territory, miscommunication and misunderstanding.