A Thread of Light Exhibition 2010
And I have by me now, for my comfort, two strange white flowers … to witness that … gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of man.H.G. Wells
The work in this exhibition considered the fine line between the presence and absence of life and the way this changes everything. For life to exist certain conditions have to be in place in the environment, and so value judgements of good/beneficial and bad/detrimental come into play. The indifferent and haphazard forces of nature become imbued with meaning.
Dark uncertainty and imagined catastrophe still occupy the unknown and unseen parts of our world, but as H.G. Wells wrote in “The Time Machine”, his vision of a decadent future where all natural risk has been eliminated, “intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger and trouble … There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change.”
The past may be known and the future in doubt, but the appearance of both can change when viewed through different emotional filters. Uncertainty and challenge belong in our lives as much as the capacity to perceive beauty and experience hope.