Bachelard in Poetics of Space, describes the house as a container
for daydream and memory. He states that in the kingdom of the imagination,
the basement and attic are polar opposites. The attic is a metaphor
for rationality or clarity of mind. Polar Exploration attempts to
be a space of contemplation. Both a still and dynamic space, both
familiar and extraordinary.
Play and how as adults our ideas of socially acceptable modes of play shift from our childhood view, is explored in the work. Polar Exploration is an opportunity to contemplate but also to play.
Polar Exploration is a simulation of the Arctic experience as I
envisage it. In my imagination I perceive the Arctic to be a blank
space. A space of light that smells and tastes of mint. A space where hopes, desires, fears and flights
of fancy can be projected and displaced. The intention is to create a space where the imagination can play.
Polar Exploration was part of the 'Rapid Cycling' residency
series at Attic Space in Cardiff. The series featured work
by artists concerned with exploring the mind and was funded
by the Medical Research Unit at Cardiff University.
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