Guest post from Chloe Leaper 15 Nov

My name is Chloe Leaper and I am a London and Cambridge based artist whose research focuses on spatial perception, in particular the delineation of spaces using 2D and 3D lines and marks.


 The Murmuring Corner (detail), 2012, dimensions variable, mixed media.

Previously, I have explored this concept through drawing on tracing paper and creating installations combining direct wall drawing with drawing in space using thread, pins, needles and wire.

2 The Murmuring Corner (detail), 2012, dimensions variable, mixed media.

Over the summer I was given a residency at Changing Spaces Gallery (www.changing-spaces.org) in Cambridge where I spent six weeks building my exhibition Slipping Space Sphere.

Through drawings and installation the Slipping Space Sphere series explores spatial delineation using a language of two-dimensional and three-dimensional linear elements which reference both organic and geometric systems and structures. The installation invites the viewer to experience the fragile and temporal experience of visuospatial perception.

3 Slipping Space Sphere (installation), 2013, 2m x 3m x 2m, Balsa wood strips (mixed sizes), paint, ink.


Slipping Space Sphere (installation) (detail), 2013, 2m x 3m x 2m, Balsa wood strips (mixed sizes), paint, ink.

 Slipping Space Sphere is informed by Plato’s Theory of Forms which postulates the dualistic distinction between, and the identification of ideal conceptual forms and systems that are held within the mental realm, and their imperfect reflections or ‘shadows’ in the physical realm. In Slipping Space Sphere open circular spaces are denied a resolution by apparently scatterlogical linear elements.


Slipping Space Sphere 1 (drawing from which the installation was generated), 2013, pencil on tracing paper, 45cm x 63cm.

For this project I wanted to develop a more stable and structural 3D line than stretched thread had offered me in previous installations. I therefore decide to explore Balsa wood strips as a medium. I was lucky enough to have my materials sponsored by Fred Aldous, which enabled me to fund this large scale project.

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Slipping Space Sphere (installation) (details), 2013, 2m x 3m x 2m, Balsa wood strips (mixed sizes), paint, ink.

Having talked to a number of specialists I chose superglue as a bonding agent as it was quick to dry, strong, and bonded the balsa strips well.

When each individual structural component was made, I painted them using a mixture of acrylic and emulsion paint to achieve a matt finish. This further served to bond the strips together into a cohesive unit.


Slipping Space Sphere (installation) (detail), 2013, 2m x 3m x 2m, Balsa wood strips (mixed sizes), paint, ink.

These linear components were then strung across two walls of the gallery using invisible thread, so that they appeared to float in space. These 3D linear components created a visual tension with the 2D line drawing on the walls behind them making it difficult for the viewer to gauge spatial depth, both physical and illusionistic.

Balsa strips are a very versatile material to use as they cut, sand and bond easily. They are so light that you can make large, complex forms with good structural integrity. I have yet to use the other forms in which the wood comes, but I am excited by the possibilities of the planear strips and carvable blocks.

I am currently working on a series of drawings (see below) based upon the Slipping Space Sphere installation, and will be exhibiting the new works in January 2014 (4th-12th) at Changing Spaces Gallery (www.changing-spaces.org).


SSS Space Frames, 2013, drawing on A2 tracing paper.


Many thanks to Fred Aldous for supplying all the materials used in this installation.

Chloe Leaper www.chloeleaper.com

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