All this talk of tanneries and skins has made me think about multiple personalities; other skins. My title comes from psychiatrist, R.D. Laing’s book on schizophrenia ‘The Divided Self’. It is a schematic he uses to describe the ‘false self’ system constructed by someone suffering from a schizophrenic disorder…
I am interested in the boundaries of the perception of self – where does one person end and another begin. Our Tannery experiment obscures the boundaries between one artist and another, allows us to trespass into each others territory, alter and adjust our own and our co-curator/artists sense of their artwork.
I was also interested in Mike’s earlier discussion about Marx’s commodity fetishism. ‘The fetish’ whether seen as a Marxist, Freudian or anthropologicalterm, is an object for projection – it is imbued with our neuroses, desires and fears and in some ways could be described in a similar way to Laing’s schematic.
I want to introduce an object into the gallery which might be able to operate as a kind of ‘false self’ and as a fetish object. Ultimately, I hope that through its independent life during the process and development of our show it might collect and absorb its own particular energy and identity…
Kathryn Campbell Dodd