Pilgrimage to Imago (Journey to the mother/’self’/fly) is an open, ongoing project in 26 stages (13 in Australia and 13 in the UK). Together the stages extend a strong psychoanalytical context to the building of a symbolic primordial mother figure, idealised across a range of media. The residential program within and without the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and its archival heritage will foreground embodied objects, titled, Tools for Life, (‘Psycho-Social Assets’) which correspond to five main sections of the figure, (head, upper torso, lower torso, legs and wings). The sum of its parts will reflect key distinctions and patterns of lived experience and information gathered through the learning nature and deep layers of the Institute.
Changeling (a&b), (The Pulchritudinous/Abominable Fly), forms an addition to the Project as STAGE 27, (visual manifestation of a symbolic primordial mother figure). With the culmination of 26 stages a dual waltz will materialize.
Re-imagining lived experience with the daughter as fly (Waltz no.2)
Re-imagining lived experience with the mother as fly – (The Last Waltz)
Stage 27D 'Changeling' (a) (The Pulchritudinous Fly) Tool for Life-Dance 2021 Oil on linen 200 x 100cm
STAGE 1D 'Wellspring' Tool for Life-Memory Introduction to 'Pilgrimage to Imago' (Daughter) 2020 Mixed media 30 x 15 x 15cm
STAGE 2D 'Fly Language' Tool for Life-Language 'Spidermouth' film still 2021 video (5 minutes) cinematography edited and designed in collaboration with Lisa Harms 2021 Sound track (fly overlay) Tristan Louth-Robins 2015-2021
STAGE 5D 'The Cry of Sorrow' 7 Mothers ('Maureen' re-imagined from the perspective of the daughter) Tool for Life-Oxygen 2021 Mixed media 60 x 45cm Photography Sam Nightingale
STAGE 10D 'The Conscious Mind' Tool for Life-Dreaming 2021/22 Graphite/Ink drawings (1-13) 20 x 20cm
STAGE 14M 'Imago' Tool for Life-Memory Introduction to 'Pilgrimage to Imago' (Mother) 2021/22 Mixed media 100 x 100cm
STAGE 18M 'The Cry of Sorrow' ('Maureen' re-imagined from the perspective of the mother) Tool for Life-Oxygen 2021 Paintings (1-7) Acrylic/ink on Estate Emulsion 20 x 20 cm
STAGE 20M 'Freedom Fighter (a)' Tool for Life-Time 2021/22 Painting (Diptych) Oil on board 35 x 15cm
STAGE 23M 'The Unconscious Mind' Tool for Life-Sleep 2021/22 Graphite/Ink drawings (13-26) 20 x 20cm