Maggie Jackson

11 Woodland Grove
Wood, brass

The work explores and confronts the readings associated with being situated in ‘natural’ woodland with the messages which are associated with viewing and using a gate. A gate is both a barrier and a means of admittance. It is a frontier between one location and another. It often embodies the notion of privacy, emphasising otherness and allowing for a certain exclusivity.

This type of gate is usually to be found bordering an urban property, a harmless indicator of self-contained domesticity. Here it subverts its normal function to emphasise the nature of a vista interrupted by a barrier. A glimpse, a provocation of something intriguing on the other side. What is it?

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