Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Rachel Daws - Contemporary Photographer 7th - 13th October

Using the home as a base for the work links to the philosophical views of Gaston Bachelard who believes that the house is a shelter for daydreaming and creativeness and Sigmund Freud’s theories on the uncanny and dreams and daydreams. The work of Uta Barth, concerned with time, space, the familiar and the act of looking itself can also be contextualised within my practice. Gaston Bachelard once wrote;

“The house shelters daydreaming, the house protects the dreamer,
the house allows one to dream in peace.”

The work is constantly evolving, using the inclusion of windows, curtains, fences and barbed wire to create a barrier between the home and the outside before I make a subconscious movement out into the city. It is the shift between internal and external that these barriers begin to disappear as I leave the creative shelter that is the home and venture out into and embrace another type of familiarity; places that are passed and pondered upon. The vast empty skies allow a sense of wide open space and stillness to dominate my external everyday, which is not usually experienced within a city so full of noise and hustle.

R.Daws 2008