When Words are Forgotten (Chetham's)  2019

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‘When words are forgotten’ is primarily a response to the experience of standing on the sites of lost libraries, imaging their form and contents, as I did over 2016-17. Each time I am invited to show the work, I take the grid of shelves and create an imaginary library for the place and time of the presentation. 

It is a library without words, a library of assembled glass sheets, each uniquely tinting the perception of the viewer. I am thinking about the power of books to colour and distort our perceptions and also the fragility of books and of the structures of knowledge that they represent.

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Installation at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. The gallery is close to Chethams' Library, Europe's oldest continuously serving public library, founded in 1653. The street-facing image is courtesy of this library. 

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