Holding Pattern 2007
There are certain images once seen, which are never forgotten. The drawing of the slave ship Brookes showing how many people with ruthless efficiency, you could transport in a ship, is clearly one.
An illustration, literally of how one group of people can reinvent others as non-human, simply commodities to be bought and sold. Even the documentation, is so graphically, cold and practical.
The white blocks in the centre of Holding Pattern are architectural drawings, indicative of buildings built upon the wealth generated by the export of people. My instruction to myself was that from adversity comes a greater strength; the butterflies in the work at the end of the wires are symbolic of that evolution, a transference of positive energy. Holding Pattern was made during the run up to Barack Obama’s bid to become President, there was a real sense of optimism in the air, for real change. Time, they say is a great healer, instinctively I believe that to be true, the difficulty is, the amount of time needed for change to transpire. We wish events would move quicker; grievances healed faster. That which happened in the past continues to exert an influence in the present, how we manage that is up to us as individuals.