Permanent Past (2019) looks at Rome through the prism of block universe theory. This suggests that the past, present and future exist at the same time. This possibility was suggested by Einstein and current scientific thinking seems to think it probable.
Permanent Past examines the accretions of 28 centuries of Roman habitation. A layering of history that is compressed in our ‘present’. It speaks of a city – on a town – on a settlement – on vacant land.
Permanent Past sifts through the sediment of Rome to reveal her spectacular periods of great knowledge and successes and of her science and superstition.
..these arranged groupings of unrequired domestic products, have been discarded by householders in expectation of council removal. In what may be a random, or in a social aesthetic [a mannered neatness, not a style], these found arrangements were once integral to the lives of the occupants: expressions of the everyday * all witnessing a constant flux of family, of friends, now scrupulously abandoned, in the accelerating pursuit of the new, or newer..
* ref. Pierre Restany’s le nouveau realisme 1960
2006 Domestic Sculpture, Span Gallery, Melbourne
2005 Domestic Sculpture (The All Australian Show), Il Ponte Contemporanea, Roma