26 October - 25 November 2011
At sea includes both an exhibition and a book. This body of work is comprised of individual pieces that differ in media and scale and is less an installation than a series of linked and related encounters. The generally dark space of the gallery is animated in places by the presence of lights that move, pulse and disappear. Rather than conjure a specific place and time, her intention has been to suggest and evoke, allowing the works to engage with the darkness and the light, and to vivify them so that they appear to have an internal life, at once evanescent and in a state of dormancy. The works are grouped into spaces, and include prints, paper cutouts, illuminated cases and pieces focused on light and dust.
All the displayed works find their origin in an eighteen-month period of tightly controlled living on a hospital ship in West Africa, and the story of this time forms the basis of her book. In addition the intense and emotional experience of caring for a friend in the last few weeks of her life brought into focus thoughts of living and dying that seemed to be reflected in much of what she encountered on board. The ship offered her, for a time, both a distance from an ordinary life, and a way to think about its significant waypoints, and much that the ship meant to her and to her co-inhabitants is worked into the details of the artworks she has made.
70 metres of 200g Academia paper and motorized light mechanism
Installation size variable
Paper, plywood, motorised light mechanisms, mirror, large glass bottle containing ship dust