A Brief History of Time
850 x 1801 x 1740 mm
Installation: hand-cut archival paper, office paper
‘This installation uses the text of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (with all its implications of evolutionary history, origin, variation and succession) as a platform from which to create an immense paper garden.
Cutting, folding and layering the paper evokes the wonder of the natural world in all its fragility and endurance. In conjunction, the deliberate use of light plays positive against negative, light against shadow and past against present.
Beneath the garden the uncompromising weight of paper, like a fossil history, sits as a record of all that has gone before. Into this history we are only able to look just so far as the garden reveals and withholds its secrets and like an elaborate piece of lace with its rhythmic interplay of light, space, shadow and repeated motifs, juxtaposes intricate detail against the void that conceals it.’