My practice explores the relationship between the everyday and other spaces1, alongside a contemporary subjectivity, through photography, collage, and mixed-media installation. I consider issues of memory and trace, as well as freedom, control and transgression in the interior and exterior realm, as a spatial and psychological experience.
I am drawn to often transient, ambiguous, liminal or in-between spaces, and where a temporary disruption or perceptual moment can be created out of empirical routines.
In drawing from the materiality and physicality of a place -or space, the work offers up a reconstructed narrative from a multiplicity of histories, uses and meanings at play. By reassembling fragmented details (textures, objects, architecture) the work becomes layered; at once historical and present, fictitious and real, liminal and fixed.
The work aims to prompt questions about our often ambivalent relationship (and role) within everyday space (ritual, control) and the potential for our mind to dissociate space, or reveal the transcendental.
Currently, I am investigating ways of how an image mutates, breaks or becomes material. I am particularly interested in how site specificity and the photographic image, via installation configurations, determines a photograph’s objectness. In extending the picture plane with sculptural and collaged elements with reflective surfaces, I am exploring the notion of thresholds and mirroring, in carving out reimagined pathways through spaces.
1. The 'other' spaces are linked to Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia: 'something like counter-sites, a kind of effectively enacted utopia in which the real sites… found within the culture, are simultaneously represented, contested, and inverted'. Foucault, (1998) .
Rachel Wilberforce (2014).