Originating from the pages of the novelist Virginia Woolf; these unassuming and enfolded sculptures invite a spatial awareness in which to consider the absent, presence of a body. There is a tangible perception of an outer, self-controlled persona with it’s inner, intuitive yet uncontrolled thoughts.
Mrs Ramsey from To a Lighthouse, is a husk of traditional femininity and materiality, who aims to create a peaceful environment, even if it is only temporary and reinforces gender roles. A source of ethereal light till her death, she believed men due to their role of authority were in need of constant reassurance, which women could and should provide.
Mrs Dalloway a middle aged, upper class principal character of Mrs Dalloway, is obsessed to conform and fit into her world, to be wrapped and unchallenged. Yet is troubled as she reflects and questions what is life’s true meaning and wither happiness is truly possible.
A century later human nature still conforms to maintain a way of life. Mailer enfolds an assortment of materials inside a process of wrapping, overlapping and layering to invite the viewer to imagine unravelling the work, to question contemporary discrepancies, double standards and complacency in our everyday lives.
3-7 December 2019 Derek's Room, Jarman Building, The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7UG Leading article in Aesthetica magazine Posted on 29 November 2019 - https://www.aestheticamagazine.com/broadening-horizons/