'Finding Common Ground:The Gallery As A Common Land In Which The Artist Can Capitalise' WCS 2012
mixed media, flower and fauna, confectionery, approx 20x200x15cm
wallpaper scroll, ink drawings, 200x60cm
In the walkway of the gallery space was placed a grass strip against the wall in an attempt to appear as though it was emerging from the space between the floor and wall. A line of colourful sweets, plastic and raw flowers ran along the centre, whilst on the far side a line of edible fauna grew, including mint and watercress. Redundant in functioning with any clear artistic signs or designated use, these would wilt and stagnate by the end of the exhibition. Along the wall above ran a 2 meter scroll consisting of illustrations. These paid a kind of homage to family medicine and agriculture dictionaries prevalent in 18th Century Western Europe. These are amusing in that there is a paradox between the subject matter - which promotes agriculture and self sustainability - against the production methods of the book, which would have involved large volumes reliant on an emerging industrialism. The images took inspiration from animal trappings, which in turn referred to elements of the human body as represented by an 'inner landscape'(a popular example being the Neijing Tu). Bringing together previous concerns with common land and the body and how the two experience both trappings and releasing of channels or 'lines' of expression.
"I wanted to expose a connection between the gallery as a common land for 'thought consumption' and artistic opportunism.
A ground which the artist loans out; will it serve others and in what way? This correlated with the initial function of the room as a 'tract' between the inner gallery and the entrance outside"