gravity: david clegg

contamination as a sculptural property

at art school clegg burnt an unsatisfactory sculpture. the resulting ash was tracked though the studio, making his work simultaneously the largest & smallest artwork in the building.

work with dementia patients

reconstructing life stories from (repeated, overlapping, contradictory) fragments. memories are not lost but become fragmented, jumbled. the possibility (likelihood, fact) of there being no such thing as memory at all (transcribed into language & then reconstructed).

wanting to make “art that’s like being hit in the face with a baseball bat” – bruce nauman

room 21 project

collecting stories from a series of patients who all lived in the same room. the longer they stayed there the more alike their stories became (each became convinced that there was a river under the floor).