The first thought of this piece is that it a contemporary minimalist approach to
an artist book dynamic. However on further engagement, our gaze is marshalled through
the oddly angled openings reminiscent of the multi-plane camera, invented and used
by Walt Disney to gain layered perspective in his early films; and we realise that
we have been brought firmly into the artist’s memories on childhood.
Immediately the artist strikes us with the core of the work, a distant 5 year olds
remembrance of negotiating windows, doors, cupboards. The concept of the tantalising
something which is just out of reach. We can see them and know that something lies
beyond but are unable to reach the key or gain entry.
To look through the piece we are required to crouch and are effectively reduced to
the height of our childhood self and the childhood self of the artist. We find ourselves
engaging not only with the piece but our surrounding environment. On turning round
we see that those around view us as diminished and respond to us with a parental
curiosity, “What have you found darling?”