anna archibald                 

    Some of the Windows Are Clear is an installation in which panes of glass lay horozontal to the floor, suspended by wood beams stretching across the top of my studio, creating a ceiling for the viewer to walk under, forcing them to crane their neck to see images created on the surfaces above their heads. Scanned images of objects are printed on transparencies, laid on the surface of the glass, seen from below. These intermingle with rectangular photographs, documents, letters printed on transparency, as well as three dimensional forms and collected items.

    The images of three dimensional things are reduced to their surfaces at point of contact with the glass surface. A bottle is reduced to the footprint of its base. The three dimensional things rely on gravity, their weight is seen where it presses to the surface of the glass, what is suspended in air above the two dimensional plane becomes obscured to the viewer standing below. The transparency of the images coupled with material objects in moments become indiscernible from one another, stretching the boundaries between an object and its representation.

    These surfaces reference the kitchen table and the bedroom floor, at moments distinctly separate and at other, blurred together. These are sites of intimacy, isolation, secret keeping, sharing, bonding, piling, pushing away, mess making, tidying, hoarding. Seen from below, the viewer is given an uncanny perspective into which to peer at these displays of domestic residue. The surfaces and their points of contact with the objects also reference a scanner bed, a point from which optical information is taken.

    The collection of objects present and represented becomes a visual archive for the subjects and materials of other works- drawing from traditions of still life, the work presents a set of objects oriented around one another, acting as a portrait with the possibilities of subjects and narratives. In addition, the images created on the surface blur any sense of depth or figure ground between them and the viewer, referencing photography while obscuring it. There is a durational space created between the viewers body and the image, formed by it’s placement. There is a durational quality to visually absorbing the details of the work, and an unusual physical effort is required in the act of looking.