In this exhibition entitled “Broken Text” Stephan Erasmus returns to the act of writing sorrowful love letters to a muse.
In this body of work Erasmus instead of sampling text from various sources of text i.e. sorrowful love songs, poetry and other bodies of text, he generates the text himself as love letters written to a muse. As these letters/bodies of texts are constructed Erasmus explores not only the idealized idea of the muse but also the aspect of the muse as the Siren.
All too familiar ideas of duality surrounding the muse and siren is pushed to the foreground through the fractured nature of the text. For Erasmus the text in its original form as an intimate letter written to a muse is only the first aspect of his relationship with the muse, as with most creative acts the idea of doubt amplified by the softly whispering siren becomes an obstruction. This obstruction causes the encryption process to mimic the process of building a puzzle with no clear key or indication in where to put each puzzle piece.
Venue: Hazard Gallery, 264 Fox Street
Date: 8th October-1st November