Laura Vickerson

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Air, 38.5 x 33’ x 14’, recycled white clothing, pillows, padded canvas flooring & audio – of blowing wind, 2017.


The intention of this piece was to create a comforting, soft, peaceful environment.  The installation is a place of solace: a sanctuary where one might daydream, relax and let go.  The  sound of wind, both gentle and blowing permeate the space.

float . . . . .drift  . . . . .fade . . . . .sink . . . .exhale . . . . . be absorbed

The space is absent of colour.   White is without hue but is a mixture of all the colours of the visible spectrum.  It is the colour of pure sunlight.  In some Asian countries it represents death and mourning.  White is also commonly associated with goodness, perfection, illumination, purity, innocence, heaven and new beginnings.  I believe all of these contribute to the meanings imbedded in the work.

There is a sense of loss with the white clothing removed from its function, hanging delicately: luminous and ethereal.  All are born into this world in a state of purity.  Upon death, everyone is entitled to reclaim this status.  The cloud of clothing is ephemeral, silent and ghostly.

Air, with the sleeves of numerous garments reaching down towards the ground seems to present an uncanny, if unintended, visual suggestion of the Rapture.  “In Christian eschatology the rapture refers to the belief that either before, or simultaneously with, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to earth, believers who have died will be raised and believers who are still alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.”(*The Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms, Second Edition: Revised and Expanded.  & Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Religion – Wikipedia)