The Physics of Escapism

"Instantaneous" at Beaconsfield, Vauxhall, 17.1.98 - 8.2.98

Here I wanted to express the desire for escapism by attempting to fly. Using the obvious reference to Icarus, and the lesser-known story of Saint Eulalia of Merida, I lept off a ten foot tower, landing on a crash mat covered with feathers. A dove lived in the gallery space and flew when disturbed by the jump.

Eulalia, depicted by John William Waterhouse, was a martyr who, when she died, was surrounded by doves, one of which flew from her mouth. Snow fell onto her body.

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