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“Peripheral Visions” By Faye Spencer 10 February - 1 March 2014
“Peripheral Visions” comprises prints as well as text
and illustration samples from a small, illustrated novel Spencer has created as
part of her practice led PhD.
in this series by Faye Spencer explore ideas around departure, and
notions of absence and presence. They comprise mainly monotype, linocut
and embossed images emanating from a novel, which the artist has written. The
novel itself explores the idea of loss and recovery and charts the events
surrounding a family death. The methods used in constructing the images,
as well as the unfolding of the story itself, articulates a cathartic practice.
This is a notion key to the work undertaken and drives it further. These
particular prints and the images contained therein reference the story but also
serve to act independently of it. The forms used are often deliberately spare
so that they can speak in an iconic rather than a literal register. The
experience of loss unseats one, and forces a new sense of the world,
sometime this re-visioning of things occurs slowly, on the periphery of ones
everyday experience, but these peripheral visions are ultimately very powerful
and can deeply alter ones existing perception of how things are, or how they
ought to be. The practice of the writing and the making of the prints
emanate from a profound loss, yet at the same time both the writing and the
prints speak of renewal and present an alternate vision of that
experience: one that counters the extreme gravity and despair that accompanies