IRENE ROGAN

Throughout summer 2014 I began working outdoors on a fenced site located in an urban wilderness close to Nottingham City Centre, overlooked by the  disused  and ruined remnants of industrial buildings and newer offices and hotel. During this period I met a number of other site users 'Skateboarders', 'BMXers' or 'Rollers' who were  constantly building up and tearing down ramps and obstacles  only to be 're-configured' by the next  group. Homeless people visited often and created ramshackle shelters for themsleves for a few days before moving on.

 

In accessing  the site  and using the decades old found materials it became an outdoor studio which I visited frequently.  A number of themes  began to emerge,  one of these was the notion of 'shelter' explored through experimental works  in a series of  brick works and wooden booth-like towers.

 

A reference  caught my eye about  'The Festival of Booths'  which commemorates the 40-year journey of the Israelites in the wilderness. Jews today continue to observe this time by building and dwelling in temporary shelters, just like the Hebrew people did while wandering in the desert. In these 'Seven Booths'  the notion of fragile dwellings in the form of 'booths'  symbolises  tthe temporal nature of our  bodies and  temporary nature of our lives. :

 

'We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens' and  ‘In spite of our material possessions, we are still physical, mortal human'.

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Seven Booths  30 April  -  October 2014

The Island,

Nottingham

Installation