By the Reflection of Light  2020

/// TAKEN IN A FEW SECONDS /// BY THE REFLECTION OF LIGHT 

A commission by the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Preston

/// TAKEN IN A FEW SECONDS

Is an array of rare books and photographs from the stores of The Harris, gathered in a cabinet of mirror and coloured glass. Here is a tiny mirror-like photograph, called a Daguerreotype, taken 175 years ago. Beside it are facsimiles of ancient Egyptian papyri in two enormous books. Here is ‘Opticks’ by the philosopher Newton, and the score of an opera by Purcell from 1691. All the objects have been altered in their transit through time. In the cabinet, these disparate time-travelers are brought into a conversation with each other and with the present.

/// BY THE REFLECTION OF LIGHT

Is a moving image work, whose subject is the nature of reality and how perception is inflected by photography. Intimately close, we see the objects from the cabinet in a network of connected imagery. They are dialogue with each other and with the artist as she travels through The Harris Museum and the River Ribble. The books from the Harris collection discuss the rites of the dead, contemporary disappearance within the digital, the absence at the center of the museum and the fugitive rainbow-like state of being alive.

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A two-part work for The Harris museum in Preston. This is a display of rare books and the oldest photograph from the Harris collection, titled ///Taken in a Few Seconds. The objects are shown with a moving image work /// By the Reflection of Light which gives voices to these objects and explores the secret places of the Harris. A 5 minute clip of the 18 minute film is embedded here. 

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