"The Plughole of Time" was completed during the years of 2002 and 2003 and made up the bulk of my assessment work for my Masters of Creative Arts Degree at the University of Western Sydney. The whole project is comprised of a survey of all of the varying influences behind my art-making. All of my pre-occupations are included; the concepts of childhood memory; the use of imagination; the ability to comprehend and put together an old fashioned story in varying forms; as well as considering the notion of blurring historical and actual fact with personal elements of fantastical fiction. These themes have all been threaded delicately through the motif of time- travel, my own personal favourite of literary genres.
Rather than to focus on the scientific ideas of this realm though, the initial spark of this thinking comes from a long standing obsession with TV shows like "Doctor Who", "Quantum Leap" and "Goodnight Sweetheart", books in the vain of H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine" and movies, of course, like "Back to the Future".
My main aim in this project was to make an attempt to re-create the feelings that used to come over me as a child, when absorbed within these kinds of narratives. I wanted those exciting aspects and stories from youth, albeit filtered through my adulthood, to enhance the final results of my art and work.
Whilst embracing whimsy, the absurd and the time-travel genre, this whole project hopefully displays a bit of a struggle. When I created it, it was supposed to be an allegorical comment on me as an artist, who after having lost a little of his faith in the world and his abilities, becomes seduced by a new focus. Sometimes new can mean old... Sometimes to move forward, you have to look back... In hind-sight, that's "wibbly wobbly timey wimey" stuff for you!
"The Plughole of Time" (C) Steve Perrin 2002. All rights reserved.
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