||"While working on a fellowship
with the International Photography Research Network I visited
Poprad in Slovakia.
My research work considered landscape, environment, history
and locality looking at different ways of constructing place.
This is reflected by photographs taken of the modernist domestic
architecture in Poprad and digital drawings derived from contemporary
and historic domestic textiles.
The images of the exteriors of the buildings contrast with the
photographs of the interiors of the apartments. The exteriors
represent a creation of place arising out of an ideological,
social and economic overview whereas the images of people engaged
in some domestic chore in their apartments shows the making
of place on a more personal, grass roots level, a more organic
way of making place that comes out of people's immediate experience
and history. The drawn patterns contain iconic landscape features
and become another way of describing place. These patterns had,
historically the function of identification - that originally
each person would have their own pattern so that they could
readily be identified if anything befell them when they were
out in the forests.
I brought these three strands together to create artworks that
reference domestic textiles, wall hangings, and which comment
upon society, place and locality. The works are intnded to
associate with marching banners used traditionally to show
a community, religious or worker's union allegiance"