November 22, 2012 by wandalusst
Peta Murray- Things That Fall Over
Cabinets, shelves, coffins, boxes, cupboards- at the end of life, that which
is left is packed away into containers. The corporal life and the material
life are filed and stored.
This is why, in part, we are so moved by the receptacle works of Christian
Boltanski and Doris Salcedo, as pictured here, along with other inspirational images by James Casebere, Caravaggio and others. They are an experience of death before dying.
The buildings whose walls encase our lives are filled with cupboards, filing
cabinets, desks and yet more boxes. The Home, The School, The Office ,The
Hospital, The Archive and The Prison. We are constantly involved with the
process of filing and archiving, storing and preserving and shredding and
Things That Fall Over was an exploration of how light works to bring further
meaning to these concepts and may be used to frame moments, moment to moment. The
idea of the frame became important as we explored the arrangement and light
of paintings by the old masters.
Light that is present and not present
Light that is image and not image
Light that is natural and not natural
Light as an eclectic collection of sources that intentionally evokes a
breadth of history and humanity to support the writing.
Maybe the light as a set wings imagery became so important as a means of
escape from all those boxes?