guests here or not

Guests here or not?

'Guests here or not?', Allyce Wood

Guests here or not?

installation in ceramic, textile, plastic, watercolor on paper, digital prints, glassware, water, matches. Dimensions variable. 2017

'Guests here or not?', Allyce Wood
'Guests here or not?', Allyce Wood

"Every time I read the file I remember who it is for, and how it will go in the newspaper.

 

I think about that podcast, where the hosts describe the tradition of creating a gravestone: I imagine the scene that this must’ve taken place in: some grassy hill near a collection of stone and wood houses, the kirk in the corner, the man (maybe he’s my age), wearing wheat-colored pants and a henley shirt (not period-accurate), chiseling the final letter of the name into the slab. Ideally, the bereavement period should exclude all painful work: this guy should be able to grab his dog or his own children or whomever and take a hike, sit and feel it all out until he can’t or doesn’t anymore.

 

​When a laser etches marble, it comes from a file. The file’s contents are built in collaboration with the mason, who most likely has a software technician, who most likely has an adjustable template: there is nothing for you to hit when light fulfills the tradition for you."

 

 

Guests here or not? was exhibited at Reception Gallery, Khio, 2017