The Weight of Memory2018
Through lived experience, we embody physical sensations such as gravity, that later emerge through language as metaphor. Thus a sad memory can be described as 'heavy'. Much of my work explores the extremes of heaviness and lightness through contrasting materials with an aim to create a visual language describing natural forces that surround us.
Glass was cast into a block then re-fired in the kiln to make it spread and bulge to the final size of 23 x 23 x 4cm. It was then digitally printed on the back with an image of myself and siblings, including a brother who died 6 months after the photo was taken. The black, stretchy fabric dramatically descends from a high wall and trapped on the floor by the glass object before spreading outwards. The fabric height is variable and could be extended.
Fabric, cast and printed glass. 150 x 300 x 90cm