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Concept image Lagoons Installation
Concept image Lagoons Installation

"I would kill for a cup of tea" - lagoons Installation 1987 - 2006, derives from a short story by Joseph Conrad in a book taken from my grandparents library that I kept since childhood. Lagoons is connected to a body of ongoing works

Quartet four love songs and She is always walking away chinosorie have all been generated out of the experience of being in an induced coma in late 1987, after a motorcycle accident and the subsequent necessary shifts in being that have taken place over the last nineteen years.


Lagoon is set in a hospital room, latex lagoons filled with a languid oil like substance are placed in the room with projected text onto each one the texts are elements of the experiences of being 'A person previously unconscious of the world violently evicted from his body while it heals puts on seven league boots discovers many worlds returns to take vacant possession of the damaged goods'.(Quartet four love songs.) Medical drip feeds are regulated to release drops of distilled water into the 'lagoons' scrambling the text and signaling a new story as experienced during the period in intensive care. In an alcove a rounded copper vessel with a copper tube coil that contains water is slowly simmering, steam is being generated and a sound like a kettle whistling gently is heard. My first experience coming out of the coma at about 2am in the morning, was to become aware of one of the intensive care nurses Kate, sitting close, quietly watching me. ''what is it that you would like most of all in the world, right now''? She whispered gently. "I would kill for a cup of tea" I replied. I was fed a tiny amount of tea from an eye dropper, one small drop, the feeling overwhelming.