Between A Rock and a Hard Place
Digital Print, Acrylic, Frame, Spray Painted Arrow, Each 40 x 50 cm, Unique (2023)
Photography is a game played by opposing forces - a constant push and pull between the present and what might be eternalised within the edges of a print. Here, the tranquility and permanence associated with rocks, juxtaposed with the movement and change embodied by the arrow creates a similar dynamic tension that is found within the medium of photography. It is a delicate interplay of contrasts that creates a coexistence of opposing forces, underscoring the notion that all photographs, despite their perceived stillness, capture transient moments.
The act of piercing is inherently one of violence. Piercing a photograph reaffirms the fragility and vulnerability of the photographic medium. It is a reminder that photographs are malleable and that they can be altered, manipulated, and physically affected. A rock cannot be pierced by an arrow, but a photograph of a rock can. ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ is a visual paradox - a representation of change impacting the unchangeable. The work is a consideration of the relationship between stillness and motion, permanence and alteration, and the interplay between different states of existence. It puts into question the stillness of the photograph by exploring its constant state of tension.