beyond the eleventh hour
Invited by curator Alex Walton to make a sculpture from a length of fabric on which she had printed millions of reduced images from a WhatsApp account; Mailer proceeded to tear the fabric into fibrous strips, as it gave her an overall impression of a role of British tweed. Once surrounded by the heap of strands she proceeded to twist the threads, three at a time, then twisted these and so on, till finally a single rope emerged. Each thread represented to Mailer an indivisible line of a person’s collective senses, proprioception and instinct, inherent in their subconscious. Yet collectively as a united rope it offered a two-team challenge; for a game of Tug of War to represent a country divided over the Brexit debate. Through this game, two opposing teams, equal in numbers could pull against each other; as it relies upon strength to determine the winner, even beyond the eleventh hour.
What developed was a recorded series of matches in which contenders pitted their strength against one another.
I make art about . . . - Joseph Wales Gallery, Margate
Alex Walton - University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury