Katrina Palmer is an artist who creates work with a central focus of typography, In essence she creates portraits that are nothing but a composition of lines. The works themselves have no particular physical specifity. Due to “language” being a reoccurring and fluid aspect within her work, the physical ending of “The fabricators tale” differed from her other pieces which display solidified and compressed lines that are multiplied into layers to create a final solid pieces of work . “the fabricators tale” uses literature that responds to “private space” through the use of diary’s and small enclosed areas both of which create and depict portraits of character through visual representation and description.
Katrina Palmers “The fabricators tale”(2014) is an installation that depicts a fictional tale and adds emphasis on the interpretation of domination and distorted ownership something that is a a main factor throughout the written literature. To mirror this idea through an installation, Palmer creates a dark place that has a 3mm gap in the wall. This allows a sharp line of light through the gap which enables an eerie and restricted view to the scene whilst also creating a sort of “perverted” view for the viewer as you would be crouched down peeping through highlighting the idea of invaded private space.
The piece itself also offers an idea of putting a life on display. Linking to Palmers type of work and the idea that once something is written down it Is in essence set in stone and unforgotten. The lighting itself links to the idea of presence and absence and the idea of what is concealed and what isn’t. This may raise the question of how individuals decide what to conceal and what to put on display. The work itself responds to this question through the display of exploitation. The gap displays a lack of control and individual choice which relates to the literature and the way in which the girl is dominated and how every aspect of her life is controlled.
To conclude the work displays a thought process that has been highly concentrated to create an afterthought for the viewe. In particular a possible passing of time. Responding to the idea of what we have seen in the minutes we peered into the room and listened to the audio. The set up of the room and the lack of control we have on what we see due to the gaps size and amount of lighting available also raises the question of “was the invasion of privacy worth it? Did we gain what we thought and hoped we would gain was the experience as exhilarating as the excitement of being able to crouch and peer through a gap to a space that wanted to be unseen?