This installation is one of my own, which featured in a group exhibition called Unframed featuring printmakers from ArtLab Contemporary Print Studios, shown in the project space at Oxheys in Preston during October-December 2012.
The brief for the show was, as suggested by the title, unframed work in any form of printmaking. I chose to use it as an opportunity to show the work I had made as part of the Turing Sunflower project by MOSI in Manchester
The project involved growing sunflowers from seed, photographing their progress and then counting the spirals for Fibonacci sequences. Fascinated by Turing’s ideas and also by the significance of the sunflower, I took this a stage further. I made a series of seven huge prints and used the exhibition as an opportunity to create an installation.
Entitled ‘Ra!’ this work quietly reflects upon the significance of sun worship in every early human culture. The installation is of seven separate A2 sized fine art photographic prints, which I produced myself as a limited edition of one each on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag fine art paper, suspended from the rafters in a three dimensional clockwise spiral, imitating the spirals of the flower, so that the prints waft and float as if in the breeze. It has quite an impact as the final display is of course, quite large and there is only one specific spot from where all of the image segments ‘come together’ to form the whole – visitors have described it as hypnotic, mesmerising, spiritual, meaningful and symbolic.
The installation has since been featured on the websites of the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) and also on the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) website.
This installation has since been featured in another exhibition where it was given an entire wall, with each of the prints hung slightly in front of each other and away from the wall, overlapping to create a series of shadows which created quite an impact.