My practice explores contemporary subjectivity through the relationship between the everyday and other spaces, specifically drawing from Foucault’s notion of heterotopia1, through photography, collage and installation. I am drawn to places with uncertain borders, sites on the edge, cut off and precarious, hovering between different histories, uses and meanings. The work aims to prompt questions about our ambivalent relationship and role within everyday space and the potential for our mind to dissociate space, or reveal the transcendental.
In responding to a place -or space, I consider the notion of thresholds and demarkations of space together with elements of freedom, control and transgression across the interior and exterior realm as an imaginative experience.
By reassembling fragmented details (textures, found objects, architecture) the work becomes layered: at once historical and present, fictitious and real, liminal and fixed.
Currently, I am investigating ways of how an image mutates, breaks or becomes material. In extending the picture plane with sculptural, architectural and collaged elements in combination with mirrors and transparent surfaces, I look to create hallucinatory and fractured realities. These elements playfully come together with other mediums - moving image and sound - criss-crossing and overlapping in carving out reimagined pathways through an experience of space.
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) .
Wilberforce was awarded the Rector’s Scholarship for MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts.