The Portal

finnished1In response to the challenge to create a piece of work that promotes our own personal story, this artwork is inspired by the stunning work of Devin Miles who screen prints Pop Art  onto large aluminium sheets of metal.

The Portal is designed not only as a visual piece, but also as an interactive piece with subtle layers.


qrA portrait of me peers through a large QR code which if you were able to  scan, would read  “Ian Waft 2014” an electronic singing and dating of the work.The other individual 46 QR codes act as individual portals taking you through to different pages on a website showcasing some of my work, my online blog, and aspects of my personal life and history. This is a constantly changing story, still being written, and the webpage is designed in a way that can be changed and updated to reflect this. This website is best viewed on a mobile device, and the navigation is deliberately designed to feel a little random so each visitor has a slightly different experience.

0002_port1To experience the website on a mobile device scan the code above. Alternatively visit

The work is deliberately printed onto a 1 meter square Galvanized piece of steel, as opposed to stainless or aluminium, to also enable it to be used as a magnetic notice board. As a whole this work pulls together a number of interests; the visual aspect, the craft side of artworks, the technological side in the form of QR codes and webpages and the play with audience interactivity.


How the site looks:


Some pics of the process.

Pics of the proccess

One comment

  1. […] I first came across Devin Miles at Chester’s Watergate Street Art Gallery ( about 4 years ago.  I was fascinated with his technique of screen printing pop art onto circular ground aluminium sheets. This inspired me to screen print my own artwork onto a one metre square Galvanised piece of steel ( […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: