False Floor

There are seven roughly hacked holes in this floor of scaffolding boards that we built above the existing floor. As people walk around the space, water pumps up from beneath the holes splashing on the surrounding boards . This installation was one of three with Forensic Evidence and Wreck, a suspended translucent boat shape of X-ray photographs, which were shown in sequence.

This series of False Floors may be a response to a recurrent dream ~ I have of a subterranean chamber filled with dark moving water. There is a lot of water and it seems somehow ominous. The idea also comes from my interest in the Sutton Hoo Burial Ship, an amazing 26 metres long seventh century boat that was buried beneath a tumulus in Suffolk.

You don't expect to come across such things in a gallery but this doesn't quite prepare you for the third room, where a raised floor has been constructed, again from old scaffolding planks two feet above the actual gallery floor. A fountain of water springs from each of eight holes roughly gouged out of the floorboards. The effect - as if several springs have sprouted from beneath the building - is in the general narrative of the work, implies a hope of rebirth. Yet more impressive to me than any interpretable meaning is the marvellous disruption and physical regeneration of the usual gallery atmosphere. - Robert Clark, The Guardian

60 x 600 x 1785 cm

Water, scaffolding.

Commission: Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton UK.