the voids 2014
On the work:
The physicality necessary to generate her work becomes an essential element of the piece. During the creation of the black piece, for example, Wallers carved the page while in a prostrate position on the floor- hovering her face and body inches from the page. There is a cultural, psychological and physical association related to such a posture yet not visible in the finished work. Instead, the piece has become imbued with the emotional tone generated from the intention and execution of the process.
The depth of her work is revealed as the viewer moves through space. The work is designed to change when seen from different locations -uncovering layers previously unseen and illuminating subtle details. This is true with all of Wallers’ work- drawings and installations.
Wallers values objects made by hand and the evidence of a trace of hand. She strives to capture what is impermanent.
"The ghosting, the scarring, the cuts- finding so many layers of skin on a flat sheet of paper. The work feels like it is aging.”
“There is a cut that feels like I’m letting something in- letting light in- and a cut that feels like bursting out. This tactile difference is important. “
“I love the tension created by the cut outs being too close together because they overlap and rip- there is a feeling of pulling away. It causes a tenuousness on the surface that I really like.” - Christine Wallers (2014)