I am interested in exploring the co-creation of the author and the viewer - as a contractual exchange of ideas, thoughts, emotions and perceptions. All things, events, times, people and places may be joined by narrative links or inventions. Often, as a stranger in unfamiliar places, I am drawn to construct imaginary connections between things, narrative fictions, based on visual facts.
In this exhibition I want to invite you, the viewer, to consider what fictions can arise from the active viewing of this work - whether the story is linear, multi-dimensional, complete or incomplete...what imaginary conclusions can be drawn by interacting more closely with the visual material on display? I invite you to to write, discuss, respond, share thoughts and make conclusions visible to others in some way....responses can be on-line or through comments left in the exhibition space, through dialogue with each other and myself, through new photographic collections, short pieces of film, drawings, storyboards, poetry and prose....
The story that can be told and understood is so often linear, time periods may shift but the internal logic of the structure keeps us on track with the development of the characters and their involvement in main events. Stories can be built with levels of structural elegance and complexity which are incredible journeys to follow or with such simplicity and descriptive brilliance that they leave us open mouthed in wonder…
A visual narrative with no words, not even a title to view may stimulate a very different sort of story - perhaps one that is simply confusing, something that we are unresponsive to even. However, the opposite might be true...even a single image can stimulate a cinematic or literary response, the narrative capacity and narrative imagination we are all capable of is immense...be the story light, dark, scary or joyful…full of mystery or a revelation of something beautiful and touching…
Even if you only leave a word …or two…a short poem or observation in whatever language you choose….please do so and contribute to this story that is being shared!