Touchstone (Lot's Wife)

An installation made up of two components: an artist book containing a short text and a series of found images depicting various geological formations that have been nicknamed 'Lot's Wife'; and a number of unfired clay sculptures, pillar-like in form, drying slowly from the top down over the course of the exhibition.

Snap-frozen and petrified in salt as she turned back to witness the ignition of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot's Wife's enduring form is said to be held in a rock near the Dead Sea: touchstone of a myth, held in stasis as a visual deterrent against vision. But the name was also commonly ascribed to pillars for the purposes of orientation in early cave exploration. In this way, Lot's Wife becomes the inverse of her biblical form, borne as the patron-saint of free exploration as she guides the explorer in their quest for new visions. Taking as its beginning a moment [real or embellished] in which an act of witnessing is reprimanded by the transformation of a subject into a static record, Touchstone (Lot's Wife) attempts to crack open this space of memorialisation. It aims to create an environment in which a certain conception of constricted viewing might be released back into living flows of memory.

Shown at West Space in May 2014.

First 6 photographs courtesy of Christo Crocker, last 5 images found.