Lighthouse (2011), a precursor to Room (2012)features a revolving torch in the centre of a space, rotating at around 2rpm. Objects placed around the space are illuminated in sequence, casting shadows onto the walls of the space. 

The work relies on a sense of ‘play’, and the underlying thematic concerns are primarily memory, place and travel, particularly night-time train or bus journeys. The objects, chosen for their potential to explore subjective memories and associations with domestic life, are ‘animated’ by the sequential illumination,  inviting the viewer to invent connections and to allow their reading of the work to be influenced by the connotations suggested by their own memories. 

I have been influenced by reading Sherry Turkle’s book of compiled texts on Evocative Objects, and by Marina Warner’s writing on the history of shadow-play in her book Phantasmagoria.