Chimera

Chimera (2015)
Chimera
Chimera, 2015, Mixed media with video: video monitor, video and salvaged power cables, 0.5m x 1.6m x 0.3m.

The fire is digital. Binary and pixels. It has a hypnotic effect that speaks to our deepest ancestral memories. But it’s just a simulation of a fire. It won’t provide warmth or safety. It won’t harm you if you get too close. Will it burn itself out soon? Maybe it will carry on even when unplugged because it has become self-sufficient.

A chimera is a mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals, or to describe anything composed of very disparate parts, or perceived as wildly imaginative, implausible, or dazzling. The real-world chimera manifests itself as a perpetual flame that bursts from the ground with no apparent source.

This piece was was shown in STRUCTURE TEXTURE FUTURE – Bow Open Show 2015 at the Nunnery Gallery. View the catalogue.

(Don’t shoot) The Messenger

(Don't shoot) The Messenger
(Don’t shoot) The Messenger, 2015, Reclaimed keyboard keys, Dimensions variable.

Sculpture from reclaimed keyboard keys. The letters run in a single line across the wall and floor. The keys show letters, numbers, symbols and commands. They do not spell any words, there is no easily assimilated message.

The line begins straight but then curves into a line resembling a sound wave. It travels down the wall and across the floor.

The keys are from different keyboards and are often stained from repeated use. The action of pressing a keyboard key is one of translation: the private thought becomes public, the cognitive becomes virtual. An idea might be coded into an action. It’s an act of alchemy.