Material: Etched Steel Plate, Steel Bar, Painted MDF and a Bird’s Nest
This installation raises questions about freedom and captivity – and ‘prisons’ that are unseen. Perceptions is a confined space with enough room for one person to sit at a small table. The viewer is confronted with a rusted etched steel security map of Long Kesh / the Maze prison. On the right hand wall is another etched plate with hand prints and finger prints of family groups. Through the spy-hole slit the viewer sees a birds nest inside a barred steel cage.
This installation is loosely inspired by a Prison visiting box. When families came to visit their relatives they were presumed to be free – often the families were in fact prisoners of a variety of intense situations. The viewer is initially in the role of ‘visitor’ but when they look through the spy-hatch they are confronted with the bird’s nest and their role is then brought into question.
Material: Duratran Film, Light and Bronze. | Dimensions: Needs a small room/dedicated space
This piece explores an act of violence and asks questions about control, power, authority and imprisonment. The viewer enters a darkened space that is illuminated only by a red spot light and two light boxes covered with the Duratran images. On a pedestal in the middle of the floor are four plastic bullets cast in polished bronze.
The Duratran images are of a lookout tower that has its security window shot out by a plastic bullet – the window was shot out from inside the tower by security personnel. The second image is a view from inside the tower looking out the smashed security window. The bronze bullets were cast from plastic bullets found by the artist around the bottom of the tower.
Material: Photography, Projection and the Heavy Sound of Hammer and Chisel Every 10 Seconds. | Dimensions: 15ft x 20ft projected on two adjoining walls.
Title: A Cold Floor
Material: Freezer Condenser Unit, Bible, White Plaster and Steel Bar. | Dimensions: Floor – 8ft x 4ft.
This piece raises questions of security and entrapment. Issues of identity, religion and factional beliefs are relevant to communities across the globe. The Bible is a totemic symbol of established belief systems; systems that people feel secure within. There is often a belief that anything outside of the safety zone will be uncomfortable.
During the Blanket Protest 1981 naked prisoners were often left for long periods in cold empty cells. The law stated that a Bible had to be in cells at all times; so prisoners used to stand on the Bible to keep their feet warm. This is the source of this art work.
The condenser unit reduces the temperature of the steel floor below zero causing moisture from the circulating air to freeze on contact with the steel. This creates a floor of frosted ice. On top of the ice floor is an open Bible on which stands the white plaster casts of an infants feet (my three year old daughters). The feet and the floor are enclosed in a steel barred cage.