Thanks for taking the time to look at the work I made for the LCB Depot Showcase Winners Exhibition 2020. Initially the idea I had for this body of work was to walk two straight lines through the city of Leicester, each beginning and ending at one of the four 'Orbital Portals' on the A563 Outer Ring Road and crossing in the centre of the city at the double helix Brutalist Structure of Lee Circle car park. I completed one of these walks a week before the national lockdown in March 2020 but sadly had to rethink the project when the pandemic hit and I was forced to work from home. Rather than walking we found ourselves driving around the A563 Outer Ring road just to keep our car running! It became a literal metaphor for me for the limitations imposed on us during lockdown and in particular for Leicester when we were forced into another local lockdown in July 2020 from which we have never emerged. In witchcraft a circle is cast to keep positive energy on the inside and negative energy on the outside. By ritually driving around the A563 Outer Ring we were casting our own energy circle, trying to contain positive energy within the city limits. The digital collages 'Orbital Portals' were made during the first lockdown. When I returned to the studio in August 2020 we decided to go ahead with this exhibition in the hope that the situation here would get better and life would begin to return to normal. I made 'Leicester Forest East' in September and 'AUTO-MAGIC!' in October. Leicester Forest East Services were the outer most border of the local lockdown and at one point the bridge over the M1 was divided in two with one side under strict lockdown measures and the other side free to operate as normal. Lee Circle Car Park became the centre of the vortex for me, a double helix or DNA like structure, symbolising life itself. I wanted to turn the sky to glitter in contrast to the grey, concrete of the Brutalist structure itself. When first built Lee Circle Car Park was called the AUTO-MAGIC car park. It was the first of its kind in Europe, and ground breaking design, with the largest Tesco Supermarket in Europe underneath it and a bowling alley. This painting resets the car park to its former glory, and thereby resets the whole city. The final painting I made for the exhibition was 'The Future Looked Bright', a painting of Red Hill Services in Birstall, one of the four orbital portals featured in the digital prints. I wanted it to look like a 1950s cartoon space station, a chance of escape from the current situation.