As Far As The Eye Can See

‘For me they are amazing things, from a philosophical point of view they seem to represent the idea “how can you know something to exist if it’s not within your sensory data” I think of them as sensory islands and I find them quite bleak’. 

Will Rose, Curator

The Making

A series of five wall-based pieces made with James Abbott, a surveyor from Ordnance Survey at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park during The Space for 10 Residency. They plot the furthest horizon line Ruth could see in a 360 Degree turn, the smallest one being the size of her thumbprint and the largest being over a metre in length. All five maps are framed to the same size and positioned to correspond to their coordinates on the original map; the emptiness in one frame refers to what is in view in another. 

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Installed: Five Framed Cut Out Maps, 113cm x 73cm each
James Abbott, Surveyor, Ordnance Survey
The Thinking

As Far As The Eye Can See, brings together a scientific reading of the topography of the land and my experience within it. Essentially a form of subjective mapping these Sensory Islands touch on the psychology of perception and questions the notion of human scale and how a person’s sensory limitations affect their understanding of the world they inhabit. They explore the contradictions that arise when describing our three-dimensional world on flat paper and when trying to marry an objective measured reading with a subjective experience.


Made during The Space for 10 Residency at Yorkshire Sculpture Park with The Arthouse, Wakefield.

Thanks to Will Rose, James Abbott, Helen Pheby, Katy Woods and staff at YSP & The Arthouse.

Installed Photo: Colin Davison

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