liz sergeant

Photo by Nigel Burch

Ha ha (Angela Mellen & Liz Sergeant)

May 2009

Installation 6m x 14m
Residency at Valentines Mansions, Ilford, Essex

A playful response to the concealed walled boundary (known as a ha-ha) between the grounds of Valentines Mansions and the neighbouring parkland. Created with hand-shears, the work embodies the tradition of mowing, trimming and rolling to create a manicured English garden. The work plays on the notion of the signified/signifier (Saussure), as the ha-ha does not represent the object it labels (the lawn), and thus draws attention to the arbitrary juxtaposition of words and images.

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