David Lisser

12th October – 2nd November

Post-residency statement:

Fascinated by the wonderful, and anything that blurs the borders of fact and fiction, I love to explore the fantastic. I draw inspiration from folk law, old wives tales, sayings, and the history of a place.

Responding primarily in sculpture, imaginative technology has been a recent focus of mine, and although I came to the allotment ready to accept any new departure in terms of working practice, inventions, contraptions, devices and gizmos were once again a format I found myself turning to.

I arrived with a naïve expectation that the allotment would provide complete escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. To me, the word ‘allotment’ suggested a tranquil retreat, a place to seek solitude and restoration. Unfortunately it could never deliver this; attempts to find peace were forever thwarted by car alarms, busy roads and nearby construction work – all continually punctuating the hope for a quite reflection.

Essentially a rudimentary flying machine, The Escapists Chair is a response to this ongoing dilemma, and is a symbol of our constant pursuit of freedom.

Do you find yourself craving escape?

Then I invite you to sit down for a moment, turn the handle, and fly away.

David Lisser



Pre-residency statement:

Responding primarily in sculpture, imaginative technology has been a focus of mine, and the recent series Dr Reynard’s Wishing Machines applied simple technology to a number of folk laws or traditions in order to exploit the natural order of things and aid humans in their wish-making.

The Celestial Monochord (Prepared Piano) 2009

The Celestial Monochord (Prepared Piano) 2009

The Portable Wishing Well, 2009

The Portable Wishing Well, 2009

Allotments are bizarre places that tread the line between the man made constructions and the naturally occurring. With occasional passing nods (or perhaps aspirations) to the rural, but set firmly within urban environments, they provide a temporary sort of half-escape for those who utilise them.

It is this notion of partial escapism that I hope to make this my focus whilst working at woodbine allotments.
Photos: David Lisser

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