Large Format Photographic Contact Prints
‘Avalanches, Starlings, Gnats’ explores the relationship between the written word and corporeal act of spoken language. Amorphous blown-glass pieces are photographed precariously on pieces of timber, formally echoing feminist Polish artist Alina Szapocznikow’s 1971 seminal 'Photosculpture' series where the artist used wads of chewing gum cast by the cavity of her mouth to form a little abstract sculptures which she subsequently photographed. Spoken excerpts from Virginia Woolf’s novel 'To the Lighthouse' were used in the process of the glass-blowing, whereby the objects index the physicality of the act of utterance. Woolf's passages explore subjectivity via the correspondence and contextualization of individual particles within larger networks; gnats, starlings and avalanches .
The objects are shaped by the plosive words, lung capacity, oral cavity and body of the speaker, capturing the corporeal dissipation of energy, air and atoms bound up in spoken communication. In referencing the work of two significant historical cultural figures - Woolf and Szapocznikow - the artist seeks to acknowledge that artists are implicated within sets of ideologies and contexts.