I+I

2012

tempered glass, ink
600H x 800W x 12mmD

Series: Glazed I’s

A pair of glazed black I's in a primary equation, I+I explores the intersections between abstraction and figuration, subjectivity and objectivity. From some angles, I+I appears slender, blank and two-dimensional but its deep reflections and inclusion of the wall surface serve to animate and extend the work into the room. I+I operates as a pair of eyes/I's – looking at, following and watching the audience in context. The space between the I's makes a plus sign, a connection, a partnership ('plus one'), a cross, or lower case letter 't' – making'iti', Maori for small. Those who stand still and look directly at and between the I's remain outside the work, unseen and without reflection.