A most excellent day at MEAL hanging the three site specific pieces. I am really pleased about how they look and more importantly feel in the space – they feel right, as if they belong there. the experience is for me a full circle of being inspired by the space and then making work that enables me to revisit that inspiration. The work is difficult to photograph, especially the settling house piece as it is a 360 degree piece of work.
Some notes on the thinking behind it.
Settling house – ghost exchanges
the book - a space of debate – a place for the storage and dissemination of information – an exchange - a position – a settlement.
24 bookworks have been created as part of unpicking and rebinding and sited within the settle house.
The work takes the form of structures that are created from joining (binding) two book structures together. The arrangement of two book forms joined together enables reflection on the hierarchy of negations that took place within the building in its former incarnation and site.
The stables – gathered furrows
The large-scale yet light structure has been created as part of unpicking and rebinding and sited within the stables.
The work is positioned specifically to reference the link between the construction of the smock through the process of smocking and the ploughed land worked by the people who wore the smocks. The specific qualities of the melancholy light attracted my attention.
As part of the project unpicking and rebinding I handled many objects within the collection at MEAL and I felt previous owners of these belongings ever present. The objects surfaces embellished and burnished by repeated handling, their presence embedded within the objects. I thought of the past, the repetitive act of ploughing, loss and the line and responded with gathered furrows.