In Turn a blind eye we explore notions of groupthink. Bombarded with a mass of vibrancy and cheery appeal by a wall of yellow canaries one scans back and forth, here and there, eyes wandering over the same turned heads and faces, continually hoping for one to catch your eye, longing for any kind of a connection. They ignore one’s plea, frozen to their posts unwilling to break ranks. One’s desire for their acknowledgement falls on deaf ears in this exercise in futility.
In our installation for The Clay Studio’s exhibition, Making a Difference, a large group of canaries is displayed directly across from our neon sign This Way Lies Madness… The space of dissonance and disorientation activated between these two pieces leaves one seemingly trapped between a sentinel species that ignores one’s attention and a sign that demands it.