Image 1 Image 2
This piece of installation art comprised:
A model house with a leash attached , situated on a small chest of drawers
A bed made of pallets , a mattress, blanket and pillow
A curtain hanging from a piece of horizontal rope
A modern projector on a plinth
Two small boxes filled with smaller boxes positioned on the wall at ceiling height
A stencilled painting of a train.
A film projected onto the model house.
The installation was created with the idea the viewers would stand in a place , much like the photographer in image 2 , and look into the space as a whole.
Early crit 9.30 am – good turnout – about 13 people.
As there was not enough space to view and discuss comfortably – I allowed the crit to take place with everyone seated inside the space.
As the film played people spoke about the installation.
The film is set in Paris and on the snowy journey back to London on the Eurostar.
1. The work comprises a timelessness as there are no real references to the present time.
2. The modern projector sets the time as
it brings the viewer back to the here and now .
3. There is an elegance to the piece as a whole.
4. The minimal choice of items all speak the same language, The resulting work doesn’t look like it is
trying to imitate or replicate something else.
5. The projection could be played from within the house.
6. All the items in the piece are of the same language – there is a roughness to them – like the first stage of a painting process- before the details are applied.
7. The film is mesmerising – like a fire. The film is positioned at normal height of a hearth.
9. The pallets and bed were seen to imply transit/movement.
10. House on a leash – implies movement/not static.
11. The leash attached to the house is seen to be an incidental detail- these are considered to be important to my practice.
12. The room is seen as something resembling a hospital/therapy room.
13. Reminds of dying grandmother – the waiting and the conversation before the end.
This piece is about place as an imaginary construct. As one perceives place – memory and imagination intervene and create a transmutation of experience resulting in something personalised and unique. No two people experience anything in exactly the same way – raising questions concerning the idea of reality. Trying to record reality is difficult as it is ephemeral and cannot be captured exactly as it occurred .As everyone experiences everything in a way which is individual to them – then any representation of the past ,present or future in art is personalised and represents only in terms of the artists take on things.