Reasoning Backwards

Series of works on light reactive paper

Dartington Arts Gallery Spring 2000

These pieces reflect an interest in tensions intrinsic to the process used, between activity and reification. They addressed the ontological connection between photography and death - offering the viewer ‘souvenirs’ of a series of performances - a striptease, the attempt to fly, a conjuring trick, which they are unable to directly witness. The words 'too late', collapsing the past of writing into the present of seeing/reading.

On close examination traces of perspiration, fingerprints and general handling were evident, preventing the possibility that they could be approached simply as images. As with other works made using these techniques, the images faded away over time.

Supported by Arts Council of England Production Award