Lauren Gault's Sweet Ensilage is an ambitious collection of found objects
- Talitha Kotzé
- 24 January 2013
The Glasgow-based artist creates pieces that explore theories around sight and seeing
Lauren Gault’s exhibition title Sweet Ensilage is in a strange way seductively suggestive of a particular state of being: a state of ‘sweet ensilage’. The show draws on theories surrounding sight, seeing and the seminal research of Temple Grandin in the treatment of autism and livestock management.
By means of her most ambitious use of found objects to date, and in order to anchor the rest of the show, she will install four large objects that come from a particular industry, not from culture.
Gault looks to Grandin’s use of agriculture as a cultural language in order to discuss her own ideas around installation. She says: ‘You do want to achieve a sort of “staticising” or halting of experience into something new when making work in this way.’
For Gault, it is as if sculpture is a physical movement from one set of internally understood realities to another, wider and articulated set. ‘It’s an active word that is suggestive of a deliberacy in movement when almost articulated. It moves from idea as 2D plain into this other sphere that all of a sudden doesn’t belong to me anymore and in the context of an exhibition.’
Sculpture for her is the resultant layering of references or, as she puts it, ‘an anti-archeological object’.
Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 1–Sun 24 February.