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Georgina Batty

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Objects put me in a bit of a pickle; I get all confused about what their status is. How do they relate to other objects? How are they positioned or ranked? As humans we are bound to objects through our reliance on them, and how they act as supporting elements in our lives. What I find appealing is the way they then take on new identities beyond their intended function.An object’s value, in terms of its function is vulnerable. The object can break, it can have its function denied altogether or can be used as something which it was not intended for. Broken and mistreated objects fascinate me. When its function alters this has implications: it does not result in total suspension of utility and ‘worth’. After all, unlike its form, an object’s use is not bound to rules.

These changes communicate ideas of fragility, degeneration and breakdown. This leads me to look at objects which have no utility at all, such as dust, dirt and waste. The role of the viewer. In actually being able to touch something or experience it physically the viewer, though offered an apparently pleasant opportunity in which an art object becomes demystified and which may seem freeing, may find themselves inhibited by this potential freedom. They are thus unwittingly forced, through physically engaging with the piece, to become a performer. I want my work to be touched and handled, sometimes eaten, sometimes drunk, sometimes found and taken. With this touch and physical participation there is intimacy and the artist’s intention and definition is replaced by the viewer’s/finder’s. The viewer has the double role of actor and spectator.

Images taken from a show at Beaconsfield called Engineer. June 2003 – May 2004.1. Ramp & Walkway– Interior view through small window revealing passing train.2. Ramp & Walkway – Interior view of small window. The window looks out onto the busiest railway track in London. The viewer can see trains passing at eye level every minute. 3. Ramp & Walkway – Date: 2003. Size: 15mx 12mx 8m. Medium: Timber, MDF, floor grit, daylight bulbs, window, paint. Exterior view. Walkway consisting of a ramp and platform that rises approx 6 meters from the floor. The walkway is enclosed and functions like a corridor. Visitors walk up the ramp onto the level platform in order to gain access to the small round window in the wall.

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