The Sixth of Five Several Workes.
The Sixth of Five Several Workes approximates time through the architecture of nature: impermanence. This work centres around an old English description of an ancient hermitage cell. Five ‘workes’ are attributed; nature, force, art, industry and spiritual devotion, to which an overruling sixth is added - time: ‘…as she is the mother, and begetteth, so is she the destroyer of her begotten children; and nothing that she bringeth forth is permanent’.
Impermanence fluxidates in present time - all things are emerging from or heading towards nothingness. Devoid of chronological or sequential narrative, these eventless photographs default us into present time - only in the perceptive experience of duration (Durée) does the unfathomable depth of time become graspable.
Rooted in the optical theory of light, the photographs taken between dusk and dawn allude to darkness as nature’s true wilderness, but remind us that darkness, like time, is a concept that is only computable through our own limited and vulnerable capacity. The photographic process of light out of dark aligns the biblical tropes suggested by scarce glimpses of hermitage cells (places of reflection, respite, sanctuary and suffering) in a singular allusion to an all but absent human presence.
Nature taps our vague and distant universal origins. The Sixth of Five Several Workes finds forbearing dominant mass, furtive spikes and slithers in the picture patterns of an austere landscape to provoke ancestral responses. The murky shadows of human imagination and the camera’s mechanical mind occasionally collude to create cameo’s of curious Pareidolian creatures lurking in the stoney surfaces.
Foe to the cacophonic drumbeat of modern input, this work acknowledges nature’s imperious ambivalence - Beauty, as the yearned enigma, in art as it is in life, emanates through the impermanence of the interminable chain of being. As nature challenges the fear of human inevitability, The Sixth of Five Several Workes asks fear be channelled into the broader perspective of reciprocity in our obdurate relationship with Earth during a critical present time.