At the V&A this week, I saw a work from Homescapes (2002) by Chinese artist Chen Shaoxiong (1962-2016). These collages of photographic cutouts recreate scenes from Chinese life, but the cutouts have been curated to form scenes that do not appear functional; instead each element is placed within space, making each work to be like an exhibition within itself.
It is strange how sometimes an idea hits you like a bolt of lightning. I was ticking on with my text and image project when I discovered at a junk stall last weekend a small Victorian postcard featuring a type of peep show entertainer. I couldn’t help but be fascinated and it is leading me quite suddenly along another path. It is a path I have tentatively travelled in some ways, as it leads me back to the constructed image, something I explored in Rooms (2013). Continue reading