I thought more than one (y’know two or even three) of you might like to hear my answer to the question… . .
"Why do you use figurines in your pictures"?.
The answer is “For various reasons. Firstly, I like the style and dress of the Art Deco and Art Nouveau period and you don’t see many people dressed with such style these days (for reasons too varied to go into). I also like the idea of “breathing life” back into these “people”. When I was little, I liked to make roads for my toy cars, fields for my toy trains and cardboard theatres with lights (using cadbury’s roses wrappers to tint the bulbs) using toy “soldier” pirates and suchlike as actors. A similar desire makes me want to deploy these figurines as my actresses in another visual drama. Using figurines also stops any problem that a real, living person may have with being in a collage. I do sometimes use them, but if they asked me to remove them I suppose I probably would (unless they are politicians who I am satirising or somesuch).
What I’m doing with the themes of the pictures is of course, another question, answered elsewhere. Steev Burgess