Send In the Clowns (1994)
Send in the Clowns: Acts 1- 4 is one of several early series exploring the idea of homeas a construction and reflection of personal, private identity, within the larger context of the public realm. A series of four large colour photographic prints, Send in the Clowns: Acts 1- 4 documents slide images of gritty public spaces projected over a model installation of a child’s bedroom. A sense of dissonance and loss of innocence is created when industrial spaces and back alleys are superimposed onto the protected enclave of the child’s room. These works force the coalescence of photographic images with contrasting three-dimensional forms, exploring the interdependence between seemingly separate elements. The components of the white installation are arranged to create several large flat areas where the projected image retains its integrity. In other areas the slide image is altered and broken up due to the shape and shadows of the three-dimensional forms of the domestic room. In some areas the furniture is painted to accentuate its form and character, interjecting formally into the projected slide image, while in other parts the painting reinforces the slide image. Sculpture, photography and painting visually merge and intermingle. The large scale of the photographs accentuates the difference between the crisp focus of the three-dimensional and painted elements, and the softer focus of the projected slide images.