Archival giclée print, laser cut vinyl on glass, framed
80 x 60 x 2.5 cm
31 1/2 x 23 5/8 x 1 in
Edition of 2
£ 3,500.00 (Plus VAT and shipping)
These works were made during Barclay’s tenure as Artist in Residence 2018/2019 at Girton College, University of Cambridge. Throughout his year long experience as Artist in Residence, the artist took...
These works were made during Barclay’s tenure as Artist in Residence 2018/2019 at Girton College, University of Cambridge. Throughout his year long experience as Artist in Residence, the artist took part in and examined all aspects of college life. This exposure has given Barclay a rich perspective upon the ceremonies, rituals, traditions and social life that give Girton College its distinct identity.
Encountering these photographs, the viewer has to reconcile with what could be called a feedback loop. The variance in reading the photographs brings to mind the long process of mapping and psychological dissonance that the artist was to endure. Due to reflective properties of glass, the artist features within most of the images, appearing to hover, as if an intangible hologram. This translucent state could suggests a sort of liminality, a term used in anthropology that refers to the occupying of a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold, It’s this ambiguity that begins to articulate most Cambridge newcomers plight and is a particular feature of the one year residency which marks you as always being in transition. Barclay reveals that ‘I wanted to work with this charged moment’. In effect he was moved enough to want to conjure an alien world, something commensurate with the nature of his lived existence at the time. Ultimately the viewer is left in the same predicament as the graduates that arrive, choosing an interpretation that makes sense to them.