When Words are Forgotten  2018

When Words are Forgotten
When Words are Forgotten

When words are forgotten is primarily a response to the experience of standing on the sites of lost libraries, imaging their form and contents, as I did over 2016-17. Each time I am invited to show the work, I take the grid of shelves and create an imaginary library for the place and time of the presentation. 

It is a library without words, a library of assembled glass sheets, each uniquely tinting the perception of the viewer. I am thinking about the power of books to colour and distort our perceptions and also the fragility of books and of the structures of knowledge that they represent.

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Steel, acrylic sheet, tinted and textured glass and found materials, 2750 (h) x 3600 (w) x 480 (d) mm

Installation views The Universal Now and Further Episodes at PEER Gallery, London. Photographs courtesy of Charlie Littlewood and Stephen White.

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