For the Onboards Biennale I wanted to make a picture of an interior to be seen outside. We generally think of going inside to see images of the outside world, this is a gentle reversal. I also wanted the viewer to feel as if they could walk into the picture and take a seat. The invitation to take a seat is one from a host to a guest. It’s also carries with it an invitation to engage.
The picture is a fabrication, composed from photographs I took of models that I had made in the studio during lockdown, (the chair for example is only 15cms high). I wanted to create a picture that at first glance seems ok, but gradually assumes an air of the uncanny or of unease. The photo frame for example being out of out of proportion to the chairs. Hovering above and embedded into the half tine dot is a line drawing of a polyhedron, a reference to Durer’s print Melancholia which I thought about constantly during lockdown.
Overall the picture is concerned with absences waiting to be filled.
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