Cathy Wilkes ‘The Encyclopedic Palace’

Cathy Wilkes, Untitled (Possil, at last), 2013 (detail), Mixed media, Dimensions variable, Installation view, 'Encyclopedic Palace' Venice Biennale, Venice, 2013
Venice Biennale, Venice

a space co- inhabited by both living and dead.
The next conclusions about this are,

when living and dead are considered together in the same place
there is a measurement and proximity to death
there is a measurement and proximity to life

returning to the place of death, place of catastrophe, constant recalling

its understood that there is both materialisation and disappearance of physical things .
Its understood that it is a natural retreat from material reality
its understood that the forces of nature are electric and defining

Visiting, being there with someone, leaving, and returning

Totality of every single basic element
Recalling the day of her loss
Recalling something over and over again
Nothing is forgotten
In order not to forget, everything is recalled over and over again and checked

fierceness, things which won’t be allowed to go away
a moment of theophany, a mystical relationship with objects

Light moving across them and among everything, a sense of light moving through something with a complex structure. Also the pieces of fabric hanging allow proximity and distance as in note1.
( this note is the same as in Apples)

The figures show frailty, compassion, emotion, their sensations. They also show the difficulty and pain of conceiving something outside my body and mind , the pain of formalism.

References to Possil, at last

Possil is a history display, incomplete . The pieces are dug up out of the ground in Possil on the site of Possil Pottery , the first industry in the old rural area of Possil in Glasgow .
The Pottery was laterly owned by Tenants who produced vessels for trade and advertising.
Within 10 years of the closures of the pottery and foundry in the 60’s ,the area had the highest figures for heroine addiction in Scotland.
There are objects and fragments from Possil , some pieces are parts of the old kilns and some are bits of pottery. There are also other things, drawings and things which are like comics. There ‘s softness between what is what, what is real and what’s imaginary.