‘Suspension of Disbelief’ is an installation in which a pillar of light is met by a fresnel lens, refracting the rays of light that travel through its focal point. On exiting the lens the rays do not simply change direction but, contrary to what one would expect, form a structure reminiscent of a half arch.
The installation creates a spatial suspension of disbelief which questions our relationship with the metaphysical in a world increasingly governed by practical, rational and scientific principles. By confronting the viewer with the impossible phenomenon of bending light it creates a space for contemplation and introspection, suggesting a synthesis between agnostic reason and intuitive belief.
Using a similar structure, ‘Arcades’ (2012) is a large-scale installation in which multiple pillars of light are displayed together, creating a corridor of arches made of out light, reminiscent of gothic architecture.
‘Suspension of Disbelief is as much about intuitive belief as it is about agnostic reason. It is looking at a synthesis of both.’
Dr. Jean wainwright in ‘The Far Side of Reason’, 2013.