This work is composed of over 1000 individually cut and layered pieces of masking tape. It takes its name from the Victorian sage Matthew Arnold’s poem that explores the rupture in the 19th century between science and religion, a time of confusion - ‘where ignorant armies clash by night’. Dover Beach being a place where many fossils were found supporting Darwin's theory of evolution - it was the geographical location of a paradigm shift, where one world was unravelling and another being born. This piece looks at the anxiety Arnold was expressing but on a more practical level, if one does not know what is true and what is simply belief, what should one do with one's time? Is one action truly more valuable than another, will its value be disproven by future truth, if so are paralysis or constant action the only options available?
Dover Beach, 2016
Layered masking tape 200mm x 200mm