Caroline Abbott, Amanda Lock and Heather Rudd bring us notions of the concealed, the overlooked and uncertainty…
The collaborative installation combines and overlaps our practices, acting as a space of discovery and escapism as the viewer navigates and interacts throughout the room. We, the artists, encourage and subtly manipulate the viewer’s journey, determined by lighting and pathways, insinuating ‘the labyrinth’. The viewer creates their own personal narrative, suggested by memory and childlike associations, attempting to make sense of the incomprehensible.
Aesthetically, the modest installation is alluring, deceptive, yet questioning. Themes of the unnoticed are addressed; some parts may remain hidden, depending on the curiosity of the viewer. Will the viewer look below the surface? Iconoclastic figures reveal their status and importance, implied by the positioning within the room, dictated by an unseen presence.
The sculptural plinths architecturally adapt to the space, forming the apparent pathways for the viewer to explore. The sensual, enticing fabric draped across the plinths acts as a tool for concealment. The lighting draws attention to focal points and guides the viewer on a journey. It is also a device to disguise the figures.
The exhibition will be in a continual state of flux; throughout the duration, the disturbing, yet charismatic figures will gradually change position. The space will be transformed to become an “experience”. The subdued lighting alters our spatial awareness and heightens our senses.
The work simulates a set, alluding to a spiritual place of worship or the indication of a “den”.