Cloud (1986)


Mixed media with pillow and loudspeaker with quiet sound of skylark

55 x 75 x 54cm

The pillow contains a sound source (originally a cassette tape recorder) playing, very quietly, the sound of a skylark singing.  The speaker cone has been extracted and appears like a button on a Victorian cushion, or like an ear, pressing in the centre of the pillow.  Above is suspended (by transparent fishing line) a thin picture frame.  The spotlight on the ceiling directly above, casts the shadow of the picture frame around the pillow.

The listener (or their substitute) has become the thing listened to (as in Wallace Steven's line "the reader becomes the book").  A philosopher might ask, as (s)he asks about colour: are musical notes in us or in the world?

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