Part of the installation series 'You Alright', centred on written piece with the same title.
In ‘YA No.1...’ the painter frequents a cove filled with thickets of kelp bulbs which resemble ersatz eyeballs. Bubbles resonate through this thicket mimicking a rhythmic chant of ‘you alright’. Glass shards break through a seemingly calm frosted surface spelling out the underlying musical notes. The shards also play the jarring role of a greek chorus taunting the painter’s ability to cope with isolation. The pin light refracting through the shards streams through the entire structure and transcends the cynical chorus to a mantra with meditative purpose, one which alludes to the spiritual principle of interconnectedness of all forms of life. However, the sharp edges of the glass still exist amongst this stream of thought, inviting us into the unease between the painter’s two states of mind.
(Images from L to R - Close Up; Installation View; Text Excerpt from 'You Alright' which corresponds to the installation)