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The Vision (Part 1)

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Irene Brown


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A site specific installation commissioned by the Customs House Gallery. Funded by Arts Council England and the local authority. The installation is intended as an allegory of life and death. It is heavily laden with symbolism and is intended to provoke the viewer into confronting their own mortality. The work is made accessible through the use of three different types of simple optical illusion: The large gallery is completely covered in an anaglyph wallpaper of which appear to float off the wall. In the centre of the gallery space a 2000mmx1000mm lenticular of a woman (Mary?) appears and disappears in a grotto with a waterfall. The entrance to this grotto is through a corridor flanked at either side by 6000mm long physical lenticular which gives the illusion of changing from a mossy bank to a rotting skeleton surrounded by symbols pertaining to regeneration, metamorphosis, vanitas and the passing of time and finally into a bright bank of yellow roses.

Publication metadata

Artist(s): Brown I

Publication type: Exhibition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2001

Number of Pieces: 1 installation, 4 elements

Venue: The Customs House

Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

Media of Output: Digital prints