Suite of 8 Digital image on acetate Dimensions: 42.5 x 28.5
I am interested in researching how residual memory stored within textile fragments or objects hold stories of life and healing, the memory of the object itself, its origins and resultant transformation with the passage of time and how that is conveyed to and understood by the viewer. Additionally of interest is how the residual memory of my life force is imprinted within the work and read by the viewer.
Working between the medium of soft sculpture and the photographic image I explore the patterns and textural undulations of form that tap into metaphysical and bodily references. Capturing close-up images of textile fragments via i-phone and digital camera, sculptural shapes reveal themselves and are evocative of organic landscapes, the elements and spiritual forces. The images are then printed onto clear acetate sheets, allowing the vibrancy of colour to shine through. Using my hands as tool, shaping textiles with no pre-conception of outcome, my process is driven by intuition and by caressing the medium into form. As my residual energy is imparted, it is imprinted within the folds and curves. Each sculptural form retains a part of my life force – the undulations of which carry my inner world. The resulting captured moment is encased in fine Perspex, lending a simplicity and ethereal quality to the work.
Examining the relationship between origins and transformation, I seek to exploit the inherent flexibility and tension as physical and conceptual metaphor within the fluidity of form. In my sculptural works, new life is given to an object with a previous incarnation, allowing the process of becoming, where form is in a constant state of emerging. In exploring the unique patterns and textural forms that abound in the natural world and those that are man-made or shaped by industrial means, via my intuitive response, used and discarded textile fragments carrying the residue of memory and the passage of time are crumpled and shaped. Following the contours and linear surfaces, they are photographed at close range, their ephemeral fragility captured. As entities floating in space, the process of re-integration or re-forming is fused with the object’s process of degradation. The materiality, ambiguous in its purpose becomes a re-contextualized form suspended in time and space offering up information for those who can decipher its meaning.