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Degree Show
Camberwell College 1986

 

This is my degree show installation in its half-finished state. I hung lots more painted sheets from the ceiling to create a forest of colour, which the viewer entered and walked around, or you could sit down in a clearing and lose yourself in the forest. The piece was inspired by Marion Zimmer Bradley's novel 'The Mists of Avalon', a re-telling of the Arthurian myths from a female perspective; also by the architecture and stained glass of churches. There were a couple of happy accidents involving the 'stained glass' fabric draped in front of the windows. One was that when the breeze from the open window moved the fabric away from the glass and back, the colours drifted softly in and out of focus. The same breeze caused the long drapes to brush the floor to and fro, providing a natural soundtrack effect of waves on a beach.

This was all nicely in sync with my final year thesis, 'Moments of Time and Meaningful Coincidence'. It explored the idea that the world was out of balance, that left-brain linear thinking had led us to suppress our creative, intuitive, and female qualities, and that we needed to balance the masculine and feminine. There was a lot of meaningful coincidence and intuition in that installation piece I think, and every new project I take up seems to lead me back to there. For example, when I first encountered the power of labyrinths ten years ago, I realized I had made one already, in my Camberwell forest. And when I travelled to San Francisco to do my Labyrinth Training, and the title of the first talk was ‘A Moment in Time', I felt another nice connection had been made.