|Inspired by an American Road trip to Mesa Verde National Park in South-west Colorado, Pearl John explores the theme of Journeys in her latest works. Combining holography digital photography and text, she investigates everyday emotional, physical and spiritual journeys working at the boundary between words and images, artist and viewer.
In the lower level gallery, three Kiva ladders inlaid with holograms symbolize the journey or transition -between the interior self and the world outside. The Kiva ladders were crafted as decorative items by Native American artisans. Original Kiva ladders were used in the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, which was home to Native Americans over 800 years ago. These dwellings were cut into vertical, overhanging canyon walls of a huge plateau. The dwellings included underground rooms or Kivas set aside for spiritual practice and accessed by ladders. The holograms inlaid in the exhibited ladders symbolize different stages of spiritual journeys.
On the gallery walls, more holograms explore other aspects of emotional, physical and spiritual journeys. Themes such as Technology, Childlessness, Childhood and Shaman Journeys are represented by night-time digital photographs overlaid with holographic imagery.
In the ground floor gallery, the theme is Communication. The photographs document the wrapping of a male and female model who are husband and wife with a laser shinning through a telecommunications optical fibre. This work explores the journey of complex thoughts, feelings and ideas between two people, exchanged at the speed of light.
||Pearl John gratefully acknowledges the help and support of the following people: -
Keith & Stacey Wilcox
Dr Martin Richardson
Saul Martinez and the Tarahumara Native American Artisans of Tarahumaraland
The staff of the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton
Michael & Judy John
Comments and observations, from one of the many people who attended Pearl's opening reception, can be found here: