PENNY McCARTHY

POPP BEDROOMS

POPP Bedrooms: Bedrooms results from a years-long practice. As I recall it now, one of the early experiments of my childhood- developed in almost abject secrecy- was an on-going attempt to invent maps of places as seen from an aerial viewpoint. Often made with an etch-a-sketch, my drawings would suggest buildings, landscapes, tree-lined streets and fantastical terrain. A key feature of these maps was about the activation of possibilities. I suppose I had taken the idea from the maps in the books of writers such as Lewis Carroll or J.R.R. Tolkien. I made Bedrooms from memory. Strange, it wasn’t until I made this that I understood that my private map play was a way to attain perspective on my own place in the unstable world of my childhood.

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