‘Scaffolding’ consists of two simple vessels, decorated with tiny torn clay stones. The forms float in a struggle against gravity, on lightweight metal props.
Inspired by the poem of the same name by Séamus Heaney, the piece explores the place of marriage in society through the sympathetic forms, each representing the individual and together the whole. This work embraces the methodical, utilising repeated movements and processes.
Each vessel is a carefully formed unique work. In isolation, the form is complete in itself. The dynamic between the forms are designed to be experienced differently as the observer moves around the work, or the pieces move in relation to one another. The embellishments wrap around the forms in complementary patterns, together creating a ‘walls of sure and solid stone’. The lightweight scaffolding rods, supporting both the vessel and the walls, are supporting an institution which is perceived as permanent and enduring.
As with dry stone walls of the west of Ireland, a well-built wall will last for generations, but a geographic heave, a change in climate or modern machinery can destroy a careful assembly with ease.