Window 135: 24th – 30th October 135 New Cross Road


Over the years, two artists, Tim Jones and Meena Chodha, have generously invited a wide variety of artists to show work in a large window facing New Cross Road. Each artist is given the window for one week and I will be there from 24th October.

I wanted to take account of the window itself as an integral part of the piece and I have decided to make a site-specific drawing. I will be working in the window at 135 New Cross Road every day from October 24th to October 30th. The window is visible to pedestrians and passing traffic and I will also be documenting progress on my blog.

I came across the following quote whilst reading around medieval thought for my Creekside residency and I have used the phrase Creatures of the Margin for a set of prints as edges, margins and boundaries are of interest to me. It occurred to me that the quote in full would also be of relevance to the Window 135 drawing with its differing viewpoints, perspectives and boundaries.

In the central castle, in the Empyrean, the Emperor sits enthroned. In the lower heavens live the angelic knighthood. We, on Earth, are “outside the city wall”. How, we ask, can the Empyrean be the centre when it is not only on, but outside, the circumference of the whole universe? Because, as Dante was to say more clearly than anyone else, the spatial order is the opposite of the spiritual, and the material cosmos mirrors, hence reverses the reality, so that what is truly the rim seems to us the hub.

The exquisite touch which denies our species even the tragic dignity of being outcasts by making us merely suburban, was added by Alanus. In other respects he reproduces Chalcidius’ outlook . We watch “the spectacle of the celestial dance” from its outskirts. Our highest privilege is to imitate it in such measure as we can. The Medieval Model is, if we may use the word, anthropoperipheral. We are creatures of the Margin.

(A study of Medieval and Renaissance literature)

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