Caroline Austin

Infinity of Lists

The list acts as the origin of culture.  It is part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order -- not always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists.

Umberto Eco, 2009, SPIEGEL

My practice considers a wide range of media, including newspapers, broadcast news, lists and dictionaries as central to the formation of collective identities.  In this most recent work, I have collected lists made by a broad range of individuals, restructuring them textually to control the elasticity of language and form.

By revising lists into different frameworks across different reflective cubes, I am inviting the viewer to contemplate infinity and the vastness of the universe, putting our own small, short existence into relative terms.

2023   /  perspex  / 30 cms x 30 cms / series of six reflective cubes.