Exploring Colour, Space, and Tape: Installations by Rebecca Ward
The contemporary practice of artfully transforming spaces with temporal, time-sensitive, and often delicate materials is a personal interest of mine. These site-specific works often reflect so much of the world around us - offering instances of momentary wonder that can be erased from consciousness without a moment’s notice. It’s this preoccupation with ephemeral ideas and presentations that drives the production of site-specific installation.
This temporal feeling is achieved through the medium of Rebecca Ward’s colourful works. Ward’s primary interest in exploring geometric space through colour, texture, and light led to her use of tape (electrical tape, painter’s tape, masking tape, etc.) to create intricate spatial transformations. Of course, these installations are entirely impressive in person as the spaces Ward alters rely on a direct association to the viewer - the manipulation of space at work in Ward’s installations constantly shifting with each viewer interaction.
The sense of temporality is therefore also achieved through individual interactions on the part of the viewer, with each viewer experiencing a different element or angle of the installation.
Ward’s installations also successfully expose architectural elements and unique structures through her mathematical and geometric application of tape. The result is a playful and colourful interjection in an otherwise empty space, a gesture that can be seen as a re-invention of the postmodern tradition of the “white cube” gallery.
For more information about Rebecca’s works, please visit her website.
- Victoria Nolte