A ghost story, recounted early in their residency, created a part-believed, part-ridiculed ripple throughout conversations, continuing even into post-residency as the story’s mythology continued to evolve.
The slippage between fiction and reality becomes intensified during times like this; an unusual situation to be located within, sharing a home and thoughts with a group strangers brought together by a person, or persons, also unknown to them. This heightened intensity became part of the residency day-to-day; moving across the unlit site, in and out of artificial light and intense darkness, from studio to house, occasional visits to the city and back again. Perhaps it is unsurprising that the phantom of The Fifth Artist emerged as a symbol of an unknown presence, and also perhaps a liminal space; a threshold.
Since the residencies the artists have been developing some of the ideas that started to emerge during their time at Wysing into new works; Alice Theobald’s videos that play with multiple narrative positions and reference points, Crabtree and Evan’s wearable objects and sculptures, Jesse Darling’s re-interpretation of ritual and a new kind of primitivism, and Olivier Castel, who gave the spectral Fifth Artist its name, and whose work will shed light into the gallery space giving substance to a second exhibition of shadows.