DISLOCATION SERIES - MAY to AUGUST 2022
I was invited to exhibit a site specific series of work at Rodic Davidson Architects in Bloomsbury. My point of departure became the British Museum, which seemed to me to have defined the character of the surrounding area.
The establishment of the British Museum was the beginning of the development of an educational hub that lead to many other educational institutions also setting up in Bloomsbury. I took this as my point of departure and started to collect and record textures of the site in the same way the British Museum has collected (ordered and catalogued) artefacts from around the world. However, these were small scale, trivial fragments and fissures of the built environment – a form of contemporary archaeology.
The screen prints map and collage fragments from the historical maps, collected textures, British Museum catalogue references and grid lines. The catalogue numbers refer to the Benin Placques and Australian Aboriginal artefacts, both which have had requests to be returned. The grid lines symbolise the process of mapping and measuring the globe, they are completely abstract with no physical substance, but invested with authority when used to partition and bound space. They intersect with the shadow forms, alluding to the shadows of colonialism. The red dashed lines derive their form from the division of the fields that once stood at this site, in contrast to the grids they are not straight and attempt to imply a dynamic movement through the space.