‘The Negligible Things Under Your Feet’ 2019
Variable number of unglazed fired clay forms.
Through this work, I wanted to bring into play in this location, a way of making art that eschews the monumental and the spectacular and which favour a low-key entanglement of the public in the strategy of the piece. The material aspect of this work consisted of a large number of small shapes and forms of fired white clay. For 'Negligible Things...' , the unpredictable and incidental ways that these items were
redistributed and dispersed by the passage of human walkers, ( and visits from other creatures), is key. The redistribution provide a standpoint for observation which is both inside the system of presentation and outside it.
An initial condition was established by placing clusters of these forms in relation to the features and debris found on the site on the installation day. Over the course of the show, I expected visitors to tread on, dislodge and otherwise scatter the items. I expected too that some would be picked up and then discarded or taken away from the site. In the event, many of the ceramic forms were indeed redistributed in these and many other ways.
'Making a find’ was the point of maximum engagement with the work by the visitor with perhaps some interest and curiosity about the status and kind of object they were handling.
I anticipated that there would be a residue of pieces that were not collected and they therefore added another element to the material history of the site perhaps to become a ‘find’ in the weeks, months or years afterwards.
At the close of the show, what remains was collected by me to take onto another phase of re-assembly.
For the duration of a show, the shapes and forms in ‘The Negligible Things Under your Feet’, are merely items within a field called a ’dispersed sculpture’. After the show, certain of the remaining forms and fragments are selected and remade into small sculptures offered for sale which is, in effect, another move to distribute and disperse the items into contexts further and further afield.