Frances Drayson about her work for the GAP Glurns Art Point, during her residence in July 2016:
“The installation partly borrows from local architecture. Older buildings in Glurns often feature external anchors as extensions of their internal construction. These appear as crossed or single rusted iron beams dotted on their facades. Whilst the anchors are functional, they simultaneously appear decorative or abstract. I found this duality intriguing, and produced carved plaster forms that mimic and amplify it.
I have previously used magazines in my work, investigating their changed status within a predominantly digital context. I ally this with the potentially ornamental or conservative role of sculpture or object-making. Here I found that by visiting the local recycling plant and gathering what was available (local newspapers, gossip magazines, sponsored tourist publications) I was able to construct a loose, mediated conception of the region. These source materials, with their wide variety of content, tone and demographic, became flattened as a backdrop. This composite image, stripped of linear narrative and partially obscured by household paint, is clamped together or pierced by anchors. Despite the use of local forms and materials, there is a sense of remove: an abstraction or misallocation of components.
I would like to thank the GAP team for giving me the opportunity to use the façade of the building, with special thanks to Julia Frank for her assistance during installation.”
Foto: (c) GAP