In a Constant State of Flux marks the end of a 3 month residency at 151, established by Frances Arnold in January 2011. The performance and exhibition explores the nostalgia of change when coupled with continuity; the dialectics of stability and flux, and the temporary yet collective narrative of a domestic environment.
In a Constant State of Flux brings together regionally based artists Louise de Froment and Genevieve Stone, Bridget Kennedy, Frances Arnold and John Lavell in a group exhibition inspired by the unique environment that 151 offers the artist and audience.
Having lived at 151 since September 2009, Frances has been fascinated by the inner workings and vibrant history of the house. In the 20 years or so that 151 has existed as a shared house so many layers, objects, colours, ideas and memories have been added and taken away by those who’ve lived there.
The scaffold beds are an early trend that stuck; the kitchen sink and draining boards were salvaged from a school lab and fitted by Ian and Co. The “Food Equalizer” developed by the first house mates – a group of German students in the 1990’s – and never altered since. The list is never-ending!
And within this complex portrait, Frances has found her role as collector, interpreter, artist and curator. At once sorting and sifting through the myriad of inspiration to create new works, whilst inviting others to recreate and exhibit existing works which enrich and extend her search. A search to find a means of expressing something of this house and of this shared life. To find a way of understanding why we are collectively referred to by the number of the building and not by our names. A way of understanding how communities and collectives forge their way in uncertain surroundings; in a constant state of flux.
A publication documenting the project is available to purchase here