HONOURS EXHIBITION 2012
ARTIST STATEMENT: “SLIDE”
My body of work explores the theme of identity with regard to geographic location, mobility and memories of place. I make use of an old slide projector to project my own fingerprints, and so point out the visual correlations between the marks created by fingerprints and aerial views of the Namibian landscape (my homeland). By doing so I emphasise how place, be it one’s geographic place of origin, past locations or current home not only becomes ingrained in one’s identity, but also contributes to one’s ever-changing identity formation. The 35mm slide with its nostalgic quality and connotations to memory, documentation and sentimentality, is utilised throughout my body of work as a visual and conceptual tool.
As individuals of mobility, our identities are in constant flux as we change location and
become attached to new geographic locations. We no longer remain rooted in one specific place but many. As we move, we carry our past landscapes with us, constantly accumulating them and allowing them to shape our identities. Epidermal Scapes resemble small, framed landscapes. Each slide is labelled with a specific co-ordinate from my Namibian homeland that bears personal significance. The zinc slide is a memory made tangible, its weight is noted and felt when it rests in your palm or is slipped into a pocket- this signifies the importance of remembering.
In the video piece entitled Fluid Scapes, the idea of fluid identities and changing landscapes is represented. They become landscapes of the self- portraying the progressive change that occurs as an identity journeys through different locations.
Triangulation is an interpretation of our various connections to different places and spaces. As we move, our relation to these spaces is constantly altered. Similarly, the Minutia series can be viewed as mapping the movement or connections between different places. Alternatively, since the prints are essentially images of my fingerprints, they can be interpreted as portraying the process of place/fingerprint identification.
The archival slide cabinet installation entitled Head Space is a representation of my cognitive thought processing of memories, identities and places from my past. The chaotic collection of different abstract images, prints, photographs, memories and places are organised into
separate sorting racks. Viewers can slide the racks into different compositions.