I have been thinking a lot about the interpretation of the work going up in Derby Museum and Gallery. There are so many aspects to the work I would like to be read from it but what will the actual viewer take away from it? A constant bugbear of mine is also niggling. Can this installation work without its neat little accompanying text? Have I managed to weave into its language the discussions I'm raising; about drawing; about our mark; about space. Can it talk without words?
The piece in its objective of expressing an encounter with time and place also specifically relates to the gallery. It's use of the tally (a mark traditionally used to record the footfall) will mean a lot to those experienced in the world of exhibiting. We have discussed an expansion of the work into an interactive experience and there will be areas for the public to 'make their mark'. This excites me and feeds back into the theory so neatly. The viewers are recording their own visit. But are they aware of what is essentially an 'in joke'.