Of Equal Hearts, 2009
A fixed, safe place within a community
A sense of purpose and identity
Importance of being well orientated
Ascension to unknown heights
Holly Wheatcroft has used wood, oil on canvas collage, and metal in the creation of this free-standing assemblage. Horizontal slats of wood are covered in canvas, painted in broad planes of colour and arranged in a vertical fashion to resemble a tower or ladder. This balancing of horizontal and vertical elements imparts a sense of stability to otherwise transient ideas. The concept is reminiscent of an axis mundi, a Western term used to describe any object infused with sacred properties that facilitates communication between earth/sky, anima/animus, the living/the dead, male/female, the individual/community.
The title, Of Equal Hearts, was inspired by a piece of writing by artist Agnes Martin (1912 – 2004).