1995 (Stage Two)
Plastic, Water, Diary Entries, Sunlight
Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Limited Edition Prints
1995 explores the ephemeral qualities of writing, memory, dispersal, and preservation. The artist discovered a discarded hand-written diary of one woman’s life, written in 1995, in a junk yard in Scotland. Inspired by medical and botanic methods of protecting and preserving specimens in spirit solution, pages from the diary were “preserved” in a liquid in individual containers (Stage One). Contrary to the usual purpose of this process, the liquid solution increased the rate of breaking down the specimen meant to be preserved. Each page in solution was the catalyst for the growth of self-contained living ecosystems, a new organic order replacing the codified order of human language (Stage Two). The artist never read the diary.