The Perpetual Host
“The Window became the nexus for two new powers: the first framed the world in a new light for secular contemplation, the second protected the new subject in the darkness of an interior, allowing him or her to gaze out the window with indiscretion: to study, to measure, to adore.” (Paul Chan, Selected Writings 2000-2014)
“An insitu work of art does not resolve the conflict between art and architecture, but rather puts it to a test.” (Wouter Davidts, Triple Bond: Essays on Art, Architecture, and Museums)
The installation is an exploration of private spheres. Large pieces of transparent textile are sewn together by hand from smaller pieces, referring to handwork, craft and slowness, an implication of physical time put into the pieces. It is about homes and how we live in them, the continuous process of keeping them clean, ordered, sorted and under control. This sense of home and privacy has been used to make a public painting installation. A house construction inside the foyer, where the house turns into the painting as the painting turns into a room in a house. Portraits of homely situations that themselves carry repetition in imagery and smaller paintings as they would hang in private homes. The construction itself is mirrored in the imagery. The transparency of the paintings and the strings used to make smaller pieces of transparent textile into larger pieces hint at a vulnerability left out of the paintings. Each wall works with the others, so that the viewer will always be looking through several at the same time. The movement through the space is choreographed by the placing of the four separate entities. The visitor as a body in movement will become integrated into the imagery. The painting becomes something to step into, as the viewer becomes a part of the painting and the painting a part of the viewer.
Künstlerische Bachelor-Arbeit, 2018
Bachelor of Fine Arts
an der HFBK
Prof. Jutta Koether, Prof. Martin Köttering