So why the figure? For the world of reason I would define my intentions even though it ought to be acceptable to use intuition as rationale for the creative process. As it stands one does see the figure primarily as an intuitive response and reflection upon site and situation. The figure is a life size representation of a man who sits perched high above the ground on the top of the front wall to an abandoned, burnt out, and decrepit house. The roof having fallen in long ago, this house has been left to accumulate junk within its corpus.
One would approach this property either from the hill above, following a path down round the side of the house, or from the high street, an alley way leading to this site. As it is night the house is washed in the unnatural glow of the wall light fittings set on the rear end of the pub adjacent. The figure sits in the upper reaches of this light, looking down on any pedestrian that passes through the space. The space is a transitional one, there is no reason to stop here, it is not particularly inviting, there are no attractive plants, the ground is part asphalt, a car park, and part concrete. If one was to approach this situation from behind, by following the steps that led down the steep hill, the view would be of a figure in silhouette hunched over the wall.
Nameless, simultaneously canny as man and uncanny as hooded figure disjointed and unresponsive to the surrounding social situation, yet fully aware of it, fully susceptible to its gaze and prejudices, the spectacle performs two roles. Firstly as an atmospheric visually sensual character in a scenario involving the audience member. A situation that is deigned to draw attention to the run down nature of the site, the character of the house, and the perceptive mentality of the audience member. Visually there are two lost souls squatting together in Falmouth town, the loneliness of these individuals ought to resonate in all observers, they are inherently alone yet there is release from this, there can also be a recognition of this fact and this is meant in a positive way.
The secondary purpose of the figure is to highlight the towns plague of unemployment. Falmouth is currently suffering from grossly inflated living costs and a failing economy, a situation antagonized by the Estate Agencies who maintain highly unattainable leasing fees that independent businesses simply cannot afford to meet. Those caught in the local situation, a situation not exclusive to Falmouth or Cornwall, are left without work in an economic conoundrum where they cannot add to or become an active part of an economy.
The purpose of the figure is unfixed and unstated, audience members are made aware through circumstance, maybe through word of mouth. The affect of the image on the psyche is negotiated by the audience members and the society within which the piece exists.