LabSpacePlus 30 March 2014 – Object Lessons
Testing the wedging of the sticks with other materials as a means of enabling the space to be filled, and also to look at the tension inherent in the materials. For the first piece I chose materials from around my house that engaged me. These were a piece of unused foam carpet underlay, and a large piece of very old rubber and paper backed carpet underlay. I also took a feather cushion inner from a cushion I purchased with my ex partner during the final weeks of our life together, which was stored away in the airing cupboard. Looking at the materials I see the link of literal underlaying comfort, invisible support.
The first piece is installed. The main reaction from observers is a dislike of the green colour..good. I want to get away from the simplicity of the palette I have used , perhaps a necessity to seek clarity. But now I am feeling like entering a celebratory phase.
I have decided to install one piece a day throughout the week and choose the materials in response the the previous days experiments.
Today I wanted to try to wedge a plate. I have 2 plates which belonged to the grandmother of my ex. I had kept them, they were pretty but they weren’t mine and recently my ex-mother-in-law ( if such a thing exists) mentioned these plates to me and how much her son had loved them. I denied knowing about them.With this exchange of conversation the plates became unwanted objects.
I told my mother in law that I had found them, but she said to return them was the wrong thing to do.
I spent time considering what I had done. I had entered into the space knowing that it was likely.
I tried to wedge the shards together but the ceramic lack of grip makes this impossible without intervention.
I wedged one shard with the help of some packing polyurethane foam and corrugated cardboard, and a small about of liquid rubber on the end of the stick.
From a comment from an observer on day one I attempted to make something that was transparent for the stick to sit on. This was to be a kind of air bag made from plastic which had been used as a wrapper for a large roll of bubble wrap- care, fragile, packaging.