I am particularly interested in empty and ignored spaces. We tend to take notice of a space when it has an object in it. We look at the object but usually ignore the space containing it. If we see nothing there we pass on to the next object. I want to look at the space and its boundaries.
|'The Curve' - image courtesy of Jenni Danson|
Adapting a concept to a spaceMy first thoughts for the piece The Curve was to make the curves within the entire window space. As always with an installation the practicalities of the space and the physical requirements of the piece start to take over. This means that in the end the work arises almost organically from the process that produces it.
Inserting the curves into the entire window space proved physically impossible in the time available : it was not possible to attach uprights to the wall, the work would interfere with the motion sensors, and the lighting was a fixture.
The biggest problem with making the Perspex frame was finding corner pieces. I tried out various commercial corner pieces and eventually cut Perspex corner pieces. This involved a full scale drawing of the base and making a pattern for each corner.
The frame was constructed at home, thankfully it held together and stood up in the way I intended. It then had to be pulled apart, transported to Leeds City Museum and reassembled in a corner of the special exhibitions gallery.
I had originally intended to use coloured fishing line but could not get this delivered in time. So the threads used were a combination of cotton, polyester and linen.
Inspiration from stained glass
|'The Curve' - image courtesy |
of Jenni Danson
The curves occur because a straight line is a tangent to a curve, repeated straight lines in close proximity will allow the curve to appear (the reason the old toy Spirograph worked).
Once the piece was finished it was carefully lifted into place by the museum’s technicians.
The success of the piece for me is that it does what I envisioned at the beginning despite the changes along the way.
I hope that The Curve will make the viewer think about the shape if the window and the other curves that exist within the space.
By Jenni Danson
You can see The Curve on display in the entrance to Leeds City Museum until October. It will be followed by work from other artists.