A Spark of Life...
Edition of 25
'A Spark of Life into the lifeless thing' Volta 1781
The fascination of trying to create a 'man machine' and confusing fable with fact has driven Miranda to investigate the ways humans have crossed this boundary, specifically around the same period that Shelley would have written Frankenstein.
The scientist Volta is credited with trying out Galvani's experiment with electricity and frogs’, where by it was discovered that he could make the legs of the dead frog twitch.
Volta eventually worked out that the wet muscle tissue conducted a current between the copper and zinc metals he was using. The voltic pile that came out of this discovery was the first battery.
A Spark of Life juxtaposes different worlds creating an image that merges drawn line with photography, creating a new place where facts and fiction collide, where we view the figure though his trace in this distorted world.
Exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
The Family Danced
Each Edition of 25
Lopatkin created her work from family slides which she projects onto alternate backgrounds and re-photographs; memories are Lopatkin creates her work from family slides which she projects onto alternate backgrounds and re-photographs; memories are played with and created through the overlay of different scenes. But if in photographs we visit the past then Lopatkin does not allow our visit to be so straightforward. The inviting settings at times feel more real than the figures putting real emphasis on the lost memories of these vast parks and welcoming homes. The figures pass through these settings succeeding to unearth some of the hidden memories they conceal by interacting with the interiors and exteriors of the present, playing out the role of time travellers and becoming part of an atmosphere unfamiliar to them.