a navigational Instrument?
Although the title GRAVEYARD inevitably leads us towards the thought of death, the GRAVEYARD project concept
may also be seen as a reflection on life. The ongoing cycle of birth, existence and passing. Even the question about our existence or nonexistence before birth and after death. Perhaps it can be seen as a symbol of the mind, the memory of a person that can look back on a life with stories, experiences and relations. Our attempt to structure, lead and – hopefully not least – live our lives. Coping with knowledge and information in abundance, and still keeping ways clear between the objects of our thoughts, being able to act and react according to – and sometimes despite of – our memories.
At the first glance, the stack sculptures appear to be a homogenous group. But they are not. Each one has its own shape and structure. Some are big, some are small. Some may seem simple, others complex. Just like human lives can be short or long, rich or poor, happy or troubled, blessed with good health or stricken by illness. In a long life, one can experience many different feelings and conditions. All experiences will be stacked in one’s mind, just like one of Galvin Harrison’s sculptures. Sometimes in a stringent, structured way that leaves one with the impression that everything is fine or at least will be someday and sometimes in a chaos that sums up all despair and all fears of what may come.
part of GRAVEYARD text by Sandy Thornland