30 images in the series.
People have asked me what this series is about. It's about the suspension of belief; it's about taking an enormous, heavy war machine and floating it in mid air and the impossibility of this; it's about looking at this structure of destruction as a constructivist object, looking at the mass of this object; it is about the disintegration of this object (for these are poor quality scans that when enlarged will fall apart) - about raising the object up and letting it fall into the world. It is against war.
People have said to me the images look strange, that they look better the right way up. I'm glad that they are inverted for the world is a very strange place, where we make huge machines just to kill ourselves. I'm glad they look strange, I'm glad they make you feel uncomfortable. They are meant that way.
The sculptor Fredrick White has observed that the work is also about the beauty of the object, emphasising its form by inverting the mass of the ship, and also the weight, compression and displacement of space - almost like a time slippage/fracture, a time portal to another world. This is very perceptive because the work is about all of these things. I love layering the work so it reveals different things!
"The initial feeling of the series was of a curtain rising - and that strongly draws us into the drama. But the whole series is very witty, very touching and appeals very strongly to the senses. There is an inevitability about the human condition here that is very sobering. In the end the strongest of your gestures are almost ignored by the viewer who becomes aware of this atmosphere."
Text from my mentor ISL