'Lost in Isolation' Void Collective online exhibition (June 2020 - ongoing)
Two photographs from ‘Sermon’ (2008) from my ‘Waste Land’ project (2005-2010) have been selected by Void Collective for their online exhibition, ‘Lost in Isolation’. Featuring 37 artists, the artworks which have been made during the Covid 19 crisis, or relating to, times of isolation, highlight how art becomes even more meaningful; connecting us through these intimate and collective times of solitude and grief.
'Sermon' refers to Eliot’s appropriation of Buddha’s Fire Sermon, which warns against the fires of passions that destroy people’s lives; drawing parallels between Eliot’s troubled marriage and my own experience of parental divorce. The re-staging of imagined unfaithfulness, emotional responses and haunting reminiscences are ‘acted out’ through performed photography. These two metaphorical ‘Waste-land-scapes’ respond thematically to the text, emphasising the way in which I visualise traumatic experiences through the means of literary narratives to create an elusive form of self-portraiture.
The extracted quotations from this part of the poem, 'Her brain allows one half formed thought to pass' and 'I can connect nothing with nothing’ poignantly resonate with the rollercoaster of emotions and sense of uncertainty incurred by the coronavirus lockdown.