Katie Jacobs Domestic FlightsOpening: Tuesday 3 July, 6-8pm Dates: 3-21 July 2007
‘Domestic Flights’ is a porcelain fantasy world of fighter pilots, former forests and constructed winged things.
Suspended ceramic bird forms create an environment that the viewer enters and moves through. The recorded sounds of bird noises in the exhibition are made by humans – including the professional bird-caller Dawne Chorus, who will be performing on opening night.
The otherworldly nature of the installation is heightened by the sounds of bird toys, whistles and the voice unaided, while the boundaries between constructed fictions and occurrences of ‘the natural’ is blurred.
Jacobs endeavours to capture our romanticised ideas of past conflicts and make them real. Smooth white shiny porcelain recalls the ownership of goods amongst the elite within the European cultural tradition. The fragility of these intricately crafted objects makes them both precious and beautifully tragic.