A few years back, I lived in the glorious county of Herefordshire, and one of my favourite haunts was the National Trust’s Croft Castle. My then partner’s daughter, a talented artist working mainly with light - Rebecca Farkas - invited us to Croft to two most amazing exhibitions curated and commissioned by Meadow Arts.
In two commissions - one in March 2013 and one in November 2014 - Rebecca lit up Croft Castle with her responses to it, along with those of other contemporary artists.
Thereby Hangs a Tale was commissioned by Meadow Arts and the result of a residency at Croft exploring its fabric. It culminated in a site-specific projection into a neglected cellar space in Croft Castle as part of Time Will Tell, the title of the 2013 group exhibition.
Rebecca chose a quiet, dark, hidden place - somewhere you might easily miss - a forgotten old slate store filled with slate, rubble and unidentifiable debris.
Projected onto the dark cold cellar scene was… well, the poem better describes my response to her piece ‘Thereby Hangs a Tale’. The poem is followed by a response to the same piece projected in a different setting, across the great stone walls of the castle seen on a dark November evening where it was, literally, seen ‘In Another Light’, the title of the re-sited piece. I admit, these two exhibitions deepened and informed my view of contemporary art.
Rebecca says of the intention behind her work, which has its foundations in her childhood growing up in the light and transient world of the circus, ‘… a sense that the work you see has captured some part of you, even if only momentarily. I search for that undefined experiential moment. ‘
For more stunning images from these and other works by Rebecca visit her site here. Thank you Rebecca.
The two pieces - to me - challenge us to consider whether anything is ever ‘set in stone’. You will, of course, enjoy your own response.
But despite there being nothing ‘set in stone’, there may yet be some mortar…