Marianne Le Gallo
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About my work
“For me, the embodiment of an artwork is within the physical realm; the body is the axis of our perceptions, so how can art afford not to take that as a starting point? We relate to the world through our senses” [Hatoum, 1997:8]
I think a combination of Mona Hatoum’s sentiment about our sensory perception of the world and going for walks in nature informs a significant proportion of my practice. Walks and making are fairly central to my wellbeing and the two are interconnected. I also think about the shelf life of the objects I produce and with that in mind, I minimise waste and/or use waste materials. This concern is rather more ethical than it is conceptual. I want to bring the outside in rather than impose on nature. To a certain extent, I am remediating nature in the hope that my output will draw attention to our natural surroundings. My work/practice is tactile as well as thoughtful. I do not fetishise materials or finishes but there is satisfaction to be derived from a combination of manual/intellectual problem solving & achieving better outcomes over time. The passage of time and memory are also relevant here. I tend to use glass in relation to light. A well-placed glass object in sunlight projects a shadow which slowly travels across a horizontal plane, as our planet rotates, much like a sundial. A gentler way of observing the passing of time than listening to seconds ticking on a wristwatch. Most landscapes have been impacted by human wanderlust, acquisitiveness and resource mismanagement (deforestation for instance). On pessimistic days, I sometimes think humanity might be booting itself out of the garden of Eden.
Hatoum, M. in Archer, M., Brett, G., de Zegher, C., Manzoni, P., Said, E. (1997), Mona Hatoum, London: Phaidon Press.