Catalogue Statement for Memories of a Nervous System:
My practice investigates uncanny vistas and defunct, disappearing buildings and technologies. I research theories surrounding the modern ruin, such as the contradiction between the utopic ideals of Modernity and its current tendency to evoke ideas of alienation, crime and dystopia. Forme, the solid aesthetics and materials of Modernist and Brutalist architecture challenge an increasingly less physical and less truthful relationship with the world.
My multi-disciplinary approach includes taking polaroid photographs of anomalies such as brutalist water towers on the edges of urban areas and cast solid forms from broken or defunct and disposable items are a proposal to transform them into peculiar artifacts. I intend to indicate the off-beat quality of architectural or obsolete elements from recent pasts through large-scale charcoal drawing spaces.
Instant photography assists me to physically represent a singular moment (as a silent witness) and using timeless materials like charcoal and plaster, where the process begins and ends with dust aims to reflect the fluctuating horizon line of the landscape.
Ciara Rodgers, 2018