‘I was drawn to the echoes of human intervention - the ebb & flow of life, our place in it, how we touch the buildings we inhabit. The heavy stillness throughout was evocative of this halting of time: what voices spoke, decisions made, lives led, daily trials, thoughts, actions - the empty chair vacated yesterday or a decade ago?
The presence of the occupier an echo...the rooms closed year after year emphasising the hush of passing. History takes over from the ‘now’ - as if visiting a cemetery, those before have precedence in this space.
The initial photographs are dissected, drawn into, collaged onto and reassembled before laser copying and assembling further within the framework of the stitched paperscape.
These fractured images from and re-form the narrative of each cell, the repetition exposed in the confines of their location, the abstraction a fragmented memory.
The physicality of creating these paperscapes forms a bond to their located site. Each copied image is machine stitched to its neighbour, each piece handled by the artist and then installed utilising situations within the cell - a small protruding nail, an air vent, a hook on the window - the intimacy of knowing esoteric corners of the location - once undisturbed now claustrophobic with the energy of thought and intervention. The nature of paper and the fine thread drawing through the space of each cell add to this vulnerability of time.’
Lisa Traxler 2015