Invisible Place/Hidden Cities
‘Invisible Place/Hidden Cities’ ‘Invisible Place/Hidden Cities’, developed after reading Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’, was an exploration of the role of lanes and alleyways within cities and places. I had become interested in whether lanes, in their overgrown and neglected state, often served as a more truthful reflection of the goings on in the area they are located than the better-groomed roads and streets which encased them. The final series, depicted here, sought to articulate the feeling of being stood in a lane, where it is almost always slightly dark and claustrophbically narrow, cluttered with weeds, forgotten objects and discrete happenings, which are seldom tidied up as they would be elsewhere. They sought to ask the viewer whether the events and stories (good, bad and secret) which occur within them could happen anywhere but the enclosed space of a lane, or are they where these occurrences seek refuge, away from open spaces and prying eyes.