17 June - 3 July 2010
The language we use when we are in love is not a language we speak, for it is addressed to ourselves and to our imaginary beloved. It is, for that very reason, a language of solitude.
Ashlee Laing’s new body of work Delusional Dimensions interprets the complex emotional spaces of the amorous subject. Referencing excerpts from Roland Barthes’ “A Lover’s Discourse,” Laing has employed video and projected onto objects to visualise responses to the gestures or figures of the lover at work.
Similar to Barthes’ fragments, the visual elements Laing has engaged as responses are not sentences, not a complete message. The active principle is not what is says but what it articulates. Love, here, is a state of mind filled with anxiety, melancholy and beauty.
Ashlee Laing, 2010.