I have made a piece for the metre square gallery at quay 2c. It is on show until 22nd April.
Metre: a collection of piano parts.
For some time I have had a number of drawers full of a piano repairer’s materials and equipment that I was given. This material is now all but useless and it is starting to decay, but I keep it and look at it, re-arrange it and think about it in the context of the piano repairer who worked with it all. I didn’t know him but can imagine him – these items are wrapped and recorded with beautiful hand-written labels and with such obvious attention and care that I feel that I have to do something with them, but I still do not know what.
Recently I was asked if I wanted a piano…it was about 80 years old and in a fair condition. It had outlived its use and was being thrown away. Not playing the piano and yet having grown up with an upright piano in the house, as a child, I felt a sadness at this other piano’s demise – didn’t anyone want it? It seemed not and consequently I now have much of the piano in pieces. I wonder what we recognise or see in it now? In its detritus do we see craftsmanship, materials or a social role?
Can we still imagine the music – the tapping out of a rhythm – the pulse of this old thing?
We had a small opening on sunday where I displayed two collections of mine and had a very lovely time chatting and drinking tea and eating cake!
above a collection of piano repair parts and tools…
and below…some of my found and made rounds…