Segrgrair

SEGRGRAIR

Paul Eastwood

 

 

Paul Eastwood works across text, sculpture, performance, video, drawing, printmaking and textiles. He is primarily concerned with how objects and people occupy architectural space and the built environment, and how objects have the potential to communicate cultural identity. Segrgrair follows a research project exploring what message/stories Welsh speakers would chose to leave for future generations if the Welsh language was to become extinct in a hundred years and to identify the cultural signifiers of Wales. The project had particular focus on Welsh identity within Welsh crafts and cultural artefacts, questioning whether Welshness could reside within objects.

 

The exhibition featured a wall-mounted neon. An accompanying monologue imagines a language with consciousness of its own; an entity separate from a human vessel. Through the work, language becomes a character, devoid of a human body, which resides within the walls of this fictional mountain architecture as a disembodied voice discussing how language is used to record culture for posterity and its shortcoming in retaining significant information that expands upon its origins, history and ability to identify visual culture.

 

The title Segrgrair is an obsolete Welsh 14th Century word that is believed to have several possible meanings, among them are beautiful relic or holy relic.