THE CLOUD-GATHERER SLEPT FOR NINE NIGHTS IN A ROW
8 to 30 June 2018
A mirror sits at the end of the Cupboard space, opening up an Orphic Doorway to an infinite otherworld beyond the existing architecture. The mirror invites audiences to see themselves through an imagined extension of space, simultaneously traversing layers of perception as an esoteric act.
Resting like a hieroglyphic monolith, the mirror’s surface is etched with the scribbles of automatic musings conjured in dream-like states. Informed by a stream of consciousness process, the mark-making references both oracular language and the vernacular of modern graffiti.
These drawings are illuminated by an unseen numinous glow, alluding to divine mysteries, the nature of poetry and the act of sleeping as a process of working.
Furthermore, the title of the work reflects the myth of Mnemosyne and the pool of memory, wherein the deity watches over a lake in Hades from which those who drank its waters would clearly remember their past. Similarly, this mirror acts as a portal, offering a slippage of time through the object’s glassy surface.