Well I think because I was using both created and found materials and placing them together in a surprising way. The exploration for this work was made during a module on my Fine Art course; the thinking and processes that I undertook gave the confidence to create a site-specific installation. I was grateful that the curator gave me the space I needed.
At the private view I received much interest in my work, much more than with other work I have previously exhibited. I created the work in situ and although I knew the visual qualities I was after I did not really know how the work was going to look. I think that this immediacy and the site-specificity of the work was apparent to some of the viewers. I was able to create a lyrical movement and depth that extented well beyond the physical materials themselves. There was also much positive interest registered during the exhibition, according to the gallery owners (unfortunately none of it written down). However, another artist visiting the exhibition who found my work exciting has now offered me the opportunity to exhibit in an exhibition later in the year. This confirms to me the necessity of taking opportunities whenever they offer themselves!
During my time away on holiday I went to see Phyllida Barlow's exhibition 'Set'. This had a huge impact on me not least because of her use of material, the scale and the site-specificity. I think that there is something about the temporal nature of the work I find exciting i.e the work will never exist in the same space, time or form again. I particularly note the use of natural light from the high windows and rooflights. There was no ignoring this installation, it pushed and pulled you around the white gallery space so that you hardly noticed the white walls (other than squeezing yourself against them) .... I found this ironic as someone who finds white galleries forbidding places.