In the late 1990s, a change was taking place on our high streets; online shopping and the expansion of corporate retailing were affecting the way consumers were shopping. This social disruption was redefining the streets where so many independent retail businesses were closing down and windows being blanked out in whitewash paint.
'Windows' is a photographic study of these windows. The work reveals not only the random application, gestures and accidental markings over time, but it also draws attention to the physical properties of glass itself.
The prints are face-mounted onto glass and intentionally left unframed, to highlight the exposed edges, as if cut directly from the shop window. In this unrefined state, a tension is created between the optical and tactile that brings into question the orientation of the work, blurring the boundaries between photography, painting and sculpture.