Stoke on Trent
03/10/1996 - 27/10/1996
Part of ‘City Limits’ exhibition at Staffordshire university gallery
Carry me along oh road – One on the road forever carrying one’s load
You road I enter upon and look around
I believe you are not all that is there.
I believe that much unseen is also here.
A road for one traveller – an imaginary path on which is repeatedly inscribed the phrase carry me along oh road.
A subjective journey through the streets of London carrying a road-object on one’s back. A journey paradoxically spent endlessly carrying the “baggage” of the road of life that we wander.
The Road on the road. A symbolic gesture recalling the time when each step on earth, even the smallest, was a struggle that was won with spiritual and physical torment. In this work I have made Language, repetition and the appearance of transience my ‘home’.
The installation consists of
WORLD – ROAD – SHOES
3 B&W 35mm slides in 3 small slide viewers
A ROAD FOR ONE TRAVELLER
Rolled up in its wooden case, a black and white photographic print (size; 3.5 x 1.3)
A virtual road, fragile. A road-object whose fragility and mobility denies the logic of roads as such; the phrase carry me along oh road is continuously printed sentence over sentence onto a canvas model of a road seen in diminishing perspective. Carry me along oh road, an evocation with a chant like quality which nomads or travellers may recite for encouragement or to ward off fatigue.
CARRY ME ALONG OH ROAD
Video (9 mins)
I undertake a subjective journey through the streets of London following an anonymous figure carrying The road-object on his back.
First exhibited for my final MA show at The Slade school of Art in June 1996.
Included and written about in ‘Engendering the City: Women Artists and Urban Space by Marsha Maskimmon, Nexus publishers (1997).