The work that Helena Hamilton exhibited was a memory of her ephemeral, site-specific installation: “To Whom It May Concern (IEQUALSYOUEQUALSWEEQUALSME) – Remain Alive”. The memory (entitled “In Memory of I”) was made from canvas sewn together to make a 3m x 3m tent, hung from a gazebo frame. To the viewer, the outside of the tent almost resembles the back of a canvas or a make shift playhouse for a child, it is only until the viewer draws closer to the work that they find a zip on one of the four canvas walls, providing them with an entrance. When the zip is drawn upwards the canvas is opened and the viewer is invited to squeeze into this new world, clearly stamped with Hamilton’s monochrome, obsessive style of enigmatic words and symbols. The artist describes:
“Using black paint I construct urban monochrome jungles built by hysteria and uncensored thoughts. These creations grow over walls, floors and ceilings just as black smog engulfs a city. Lines, words and symbols divide the blank space as streets, buildings and people divide a ground that once stood alone.
Hypnotised by this municipal jungle and with a growing feeling of perplexity I invite the individual into the space to be led away to have a conversation with their soul...”