Saturday, 11 July 2009
The sequence of three images: ‘then’, ‘and when’, ‘and now’, are a narrative of loss.
During the transition of life and the going on beyond, particles dissipate, scattering, leaving behind memory and feelings of love. The artlessness, discipline in spontaneity and spontaneity in discipline involved in the making of these images is as natural as the act of nature, or the formative actions of plants or bees
This triptych of photographs, of set up tableaux, of assembled and suspended sculptural forms, resting on a military folding canvas camp bed, covered with butter-muslin; captures a specific period.
I work with time.
Using the changing sunlight, as it shines through the studio skylights, casting its light on forms as I make them; spontaneously, reacting to the moment.
The three images exhibited in Lost in Transit reflect the time when my critically ill mother appeared to glow with love and inner wonderment, as her deteriorating health led her towards death.
Without deliberate intention, I found that the strange beauty and joy, of this desperate situation, became the subject reflected in the first image ‘then’.
The second image, ‘and when’ was made as the delicate difficulty of, her inevitable death progressed.
She died on the 27 April 2009.
After the funeral, I continued working, and formed the third image ‘and now’.