Georges Perec famously told his readers to; “Question your tea spoons.” and asked them; “What is under your wallpaper?”[1], this was his way of calling to attention these every day things that are the major part of our life, but that so often go by unnoticed and uncared about. They are overwhelmed by the bigger, but rarer events. You may say that such things are uncared about because they are trivial and that the big events are what make life interesting. The problem is that statistically very few of us really experience those big events; we may read about them or see them on the TV or computer, but that is not the real world, it is some editors version of the real word. What has to be noticed and cared about are the wonderful but simple things which exist all around us everyday. For me the great joy in life is noticing the beauty and wonder in such triviality. For instance, every time you cut an apple in half you are the first person ever to see what is inside, that is a work of art in itself. What will you find inside that apple? The inside of an apple or the” arc of the covenant”, the answer is you don’t really know, the could be one of those big events hiding behind a small one, but you have to look to see it.

So that has prehaps given you something of an insight into  the way I like to work and think, to go along with it here are a couple of photographs, one brand new, one not quite so. The image at the top of the page is one of the new ones which I have taken since I got to Ireland, the one immediately above is a detail of a sculpture that I produced earlier this year called “Mary’s Table“, the similarity is obvious but so once again are the ideas of the infra-ordinary and of the multiple, however now it is becoming apparent to me that it isn’t just any multiple, it is multiples which are forming structures. This is something I will have to look at more.


[1]
Perec Georges, Approaches to What? L’Infra-ordinaire
(1989)
, Species of Spaces and Other Pieces, Penguin Classics 2008, pgs.
209-211.