Photo Credit: Emily Campbell
Employing a full-scale photographic reproduction of the Museum's tiled Lower Gallery floor, Emily Campbell offers the viewer a glimpse into a fantastic, subterranean world.
Floor-tiles are illusionistically fractured to expose the gallery's foundations, and beyond this, a vast chasm opens up revealing a parallel world where exotic bugs consort, and form unexpected liaisons, with familiar beasts. The installation cracks the museum open to reveal it as a space where many unexpected things happen, hidden from our eyes.
Campbell wants the work to draw the viewer into what appears, at first, as an empty gallery, only to envelope the unsuspecting viewer with a dramatic vista offered by the rupture of the gallery floor.
photographic print onto vinyl flooring