Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. [Genesis 3, verse 21]
A’r Arglwydd Dduw a wnaeth i Adda ac i’w wraig beisiau crwyn, ac a’u gwisgodd am danynt hwy. [Genesis 3, pennill 21]
This quote from Genesis describes the point of transformation of Adam and Eve as they are expelled from the Garden of Eden and enter the world. It could be read as Adam and Eve becoming corporeal, meat and skin. The transition from thought to physical object. From the virtual world, a world of virtue, to a world of good and evil, a world necessarily of compromise.
It seems to be a very pertinent starting point for this show in the Tannery. An exhibition that starts as an idea kicked around through discussions on the internet: a private group on Facebook; the The Rhod blog and Culture Colony in our personal pages and the platforms for Rhod@Melin Glonc and the Tannery. It’s about how ten people can show together and manifest an idea over a period of four weeks.
A bucket kicked around by the artists. It was suddenly strange to be there to start with the camera recording us. I wanted to create two skins that I could use and take out into Machynlleth and environs and enfold Machynlleth into my skin. In doing this I also wanted to respond to the wrapped stake that the builders had made at Melin Glonc that I have called Efa_ac_Adda. I distributed tape at Owain Glyndwr’s Senedd, the war memorial, a tree stump in the park opposite and the Cylch yr Orsedd [I have thought about revisiting all the Cylch yr Orsedd and rephotographing them, making them touchstones to my associations with their location]. The last use I made of the barrier tape on Tuesday 14th was on some blue alkathene pipes I saw on the way from Machynlleth to New Town / Drenewydd. I had wrapped the tape around a record sleeve, Romeo and Juliet, for ease of applying it and rewinding afterwards.
In working in the Tannery on the Monday I was also interested in distributing barrier tape through the space to see how it could fit into the space and how this worked with the other pieces being installed.