Lost 2006Catriona Stanton
14 - 25 February
The Depot Gallery, Sydney
Poetic imagination, the importance of reverie and thinking beyond the known world, is the cornerstone of this exhibition. Through this body of work I entered a space that allowed the imagination to roam and reengage with potent memories.
I have been mainly concerned with the idea of topophilia; the affective bond between people and place. During a recent visit to Canada I was immersed in the scenery of pine forests, mountains, snow and castles. This experience opened the door to my poetic imagination of my childhood through the imagery of fairy-tales. This in turn, prompted memories of the architecture of my past.
The stairwell has come to represent a conduit into my creative reservoir and the bond between me and my childhood home. The stairwell is what connects above and below, a vehicle from the ground to the air, a mediator and can also symbolise vertigo…a free fall.
The fur forms evolved from an encounter with a wolf. The instinctual animal metamorphosed into ambiguous forms of felt and fur. Here I am exploring ideas of interior space, power and beauty. This process involved reversing and folding the fabric, creating openings and thinking about the negative space.
The challenge has been to relinquish control of the materials and open a space for dialogue between my intentions, the materials and the process. I have employed simple materials such as toothpicks, synthetic fur and hessian and asked them to function as a conduit for my imagination.