In response to Joanne Hummel-Newell’s At Sea we received several submissions for possible inclusion in Say What You See. Thank you to all those who applied. It was quite a task selecting the next work, which we felt made strong connections with the first and would enable the conversation to evolve in the most interesting way.
The selected work is Ghost by Phil Illingworth
MDF, found message (paper, ink), staple, straws (2011), 9 x 8 x 5cm.
I used social media – Facebook, Twitter etc. – to try to find out the meaning of what was contained in the message. People were very helpful, particularly Arabic speakers, and the title ‘Ghost’ is a reference to something in one of the responses I received.
It eventually transpired that the message was a form of prayer. To give the prayer power the message was cast in to the sea. For the original sender there is a profound emotional investment in the message, as well as for those who generously took the trouble to contact me. It was important to me not simply to acknowledge this, but to reflect it in the work.”
Further images are available at http://www.philillingworth.com/ghost.html
So, if any artists living with a 1 hour journey of aspex feel that a work of theirs resonates with Ghost in any way then please submit an image and an explanation of up to 200 words to email@example.com. The next conversation piece will be selected on Wednesday 8 February, and will be posted on this blog the next day.