Having done an initial site visit of the exhibition space at the RBS I have been looking over the photographs and brain storming ideas. At the moment I am drawn to the fireplace and feel that I would like to intervene with it in some way whilst considering ideas of regeneration and the speed at which existing city fabrics are systematically destroyed and removed in aspiration of a uniform space of consumption.
We constantly feel the need to tidy things up to the extent that the layers of history and reclamation by nature are obliterated. Dirt is not necessarily impure, buildings are made out of matter and earth is therefore part of their fabric. Through positioning moss in the uneven cracks which have formed between the beautiful and delicate tiles, the moss can be seen as invading the fireplace as nature reclaims its territory.
So now I need to develop ideas on what I may use for the moss, (make my own, use dried moss, fake moss) and I will need to develop a technique for attaching it that will not damage the original tiles. but these are my initial thoughts. It may also develop in a more abstract way using some form of green medium that can be representative of nature/moss taking over?
I am also interested in the markings that can be seen on the flooring where it dips in ever so slightly making beautiful little marks. I may also develop work to draw attention to these in the immediate area around the fireplace but again will need to develop this idea further in terms of materials used etc.