The concept of a ‘sense of place’ raises ideas concerning the physical characteristics that can be attributed to a place, such as home, coupled with intangibles that influence a sense of attachment to a place. The latter giving rise to a sense of the place occupying a location in space. Space within this context is viewed within a wider context that extends beyond the physical (geographical) characteristics of the space that the place occupies.
Within this context my work focuses upon the nature of the interface the exists between the internal physical place offering for instance safety and the external space which offers a sense of expectations, threats and wellbeing. As a consequence the approach has involved looking in from the outside and looking through. In these circumstances the exterior walls of the home breakdown to reveal the inside to the external.
By necessity the project has involved working within the confines of home and using materials that are readily available and additional time to explore ideas and techniques.
Particular to these times the works have been influenced be a sense of quietness as normal activities are curtailed coupled with perceptions of time slowing down. I have been struck by the resurgence of nature during these extraordinary times. The reductions in noise and emissions that have accompanied “lockdown’ have enabled nature to at least temporarily flourish. Coupled with the abnormal sense of time that has prevailed this has increased ones awareness and appreciation of the local natural environment.
My works consist of:
-A series of four oil sketches portraying the progression of lockdown and the notion of the interaction between the internal and external.
”Place is security and space is freedom: we are attached to the one and are longing for the other. ” (Yi Fu Tuan, 2001)
-Three plaster casts using rustic materials to symbolise, with a sense of timeless, home as a place and the breaking down of the walls exposing the interior to external, including the influences of nature. The arrangements included a variety of combinations including single and multiple homes within a variety of natural environments. The final image reflects a play on the architectural embellishments that may be used to enhance a place.
-The video clip resonates with the times.