Which Way? (2021)

Exhibited: The People Powered Press, Saltaire Open Arts Trail Open Village, 29th April - 2nd May, 2022.

[200 x 104 x 60cm, timber, objects, acrylic paint]

Our world has been travelling in slow motion, held in limbo - a time to reflect and decide before moving forward. But go where, how, and with what? A signpost stands before us, at the junction of past, present, and future; each direction named with specific objects and multiple symbols from around the world - from N. American Indians to Chinese characters, Ashanti and Adinkra to contemporary political and simply functional symbols. Together these comprise a linguistic, cultural and religious representations that hold meaning for a wide range of culturally diverse viewers.

In representing a narrative of symbolic nourishment, the piece offers the possibility of a wholesome meal made from a selection of the rich variety of ingredients to choose from; ingredients sourced from a global larder of representations, and from which aspiring cooks can create their own conceptual recipes. But which concepts and associated narratives should we most cherish, grasp and retain, hold onto now, and adopt and nurture into the future to nourish our spirit and our souls? And, in the event, which will prevail as we look back, consider the moment, and plan the next steps on our human journey?


The piece was created over the spring/summer of 2021, as part of my response to the Covid crisis, and its structure replicates traditional signposts still found in many places and widely recognisable as such. The use of repurposed (redundant) woodwork clamps also represents our hold (or redundant hold?) on time.

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