Katy Metcalf

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 Ineffable Disconnections

“Whether written or spoken, no element can function without relating to another element which itself is not simply present. Each element is constituted on the basis of the trace in it of the other elements of the system. Nothing, in either the elements or the system, is anywhere ever simply present or absent.” (Collins 2005, 70).

We are being constantly presented with inexpressible moments and experiences, which draw our past up to the present. It is questionable as to whether it is the mind or body that controls the other. While our brains send signals to our bodies to move or act in a certain way, our bodily senses connect us to the physical world.

“We look not at the things which are what you would call seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal. But the things which are not seen are eternal.” (Engle 1962, 85).

Even the most delicate of scents can be evocative whilst remaining physically vague. They can bring to the forefront of our minds all previous associations with that scent – sometimes reminding us of specific moments, and sometimes presenting us with such an undecidable sense of ambiguity that we can reach an uncertain and meditative state of consciousness.

“And the fourth?”
“Well, I guess if you want to put it into mathematical terms you’d square the square. But you can’t take a pencil and draw it the way you can the first three. I know it’s got something to do with Einstein and time. I guess maybe you could call the fourth dimension Time.” (Engle 1962, 32-33).

My works set up warps in time. They become memory triggers for viewers, through subtle changes to the senses – such as scents and soft visual qualities.

⋅ Collins, Jeff. Introducing Derrida. ed. Appignanesi, R. Cambridge, UK: Icon Books, 2005.
⋅ Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1962.