Installation photos from my recent exhibition ‘Promise and Ruin’ at NN Contemporary Art Northampton.
‘Promise and Ruin’ references archaeological methods and terminology, and can be understood as a retreat from uncertain times, suggesting the nostalgic longing for the consolations offered by the past. The allusions to excavations and dig sites thus connote an attempt to both recover lost narratives, and to reconnect to a sense of place. A determination to unearth, to delve down through layers of material, and to retrieve long buried archaeology, becomes a literal and metaphorical journey into the past, a search for ‘wholeness’, origins, and solid foundations, and to erect or locate a bulwark against the fracture and upheaval of the present.