I exhibited work in The Exchange Gallery's 'Collaborator's Exhibition', similarly to the way it was exhibited it within the Schism Exhibition at the end of 2nd year. I had replaced the very heavy material with a very light muslin which I had read was similar to the material used to wrap bodies prior to the invention of the modern day coffin. The binding of the body in this way is an act of preservation, and safe delivery. It makes the corpse more tasteful, hiding what we deem unacceptable and distasteful viewing in something that still resembles a softness or a gentle covering. This was the first time i had decided to completely engulf the cage within the material , and again it was balanced with the illusion of procariousness despite being secured firmly into the plinth. It appears to be a running theme within my work to subvert the 'face value' which may originally appear. Giving lightness to an object of physicality, bringing humanity into a performer that immediately can be identified as inhuman. My dissertation seeks to centre around the presence of absence in the performing body again playing with two opposing forces.
The chosen material (perhaps because I have just watched Adele's hello video which featured them) also reminds me of the sheets in which you cover furniture with so they do not get damaged and remain in tact for there next life. The sheet as a symbol of preservation, but also inhibiting- stopping something from working, possibly a death within life, a kind of non-life. Through it's translucency things become convoluted slightly obscured. Visually turning an object into the more comedic ghost like forms- which act as the spectral form's give away of it's presence, without the sheet they remain invisible. It is a method of communication, bridging worlds.
I'm still not satisfied with this, which I think this object keeps serving as a trial and error in the unknown space that I can't seem to properly curate it, but exhibiting in this way has unearthed some very interesting visual observations- if not an awareness of health and safety systems as I was terrified of it falling and smashing the Exchange Gallery's front window.