The artist’s forthcoming show, Too Much Night, Again, blends design, art and architecture to create a huge site-specific installation inspired by her own experiences of chronic sleeplessness.
The piece will take the form of a huge coloured yarn work, criss-crossing the space to create what the gallery describes as ‘supergraphics’ spelling out words such as TIGER TIGER and UNMATTERING that can only emerge as the visitor navigates the space.
Los Angeles-based White used her own insomnia to inspire the piece, drawing on the condition’s propensity to compel the sufferer to reflect on their own transience, according to South London Gallery, which will host the show.
It says, ‘the letters and words emerge and dissolve depending on both our physical relationship to them and the relative weight of the overall aesthetic experience’, with the piece forming ‘a dense cloud of darkness which struggles to exist within the ethereality of the space.’
The volume of the black and purple yarn that forms the installation also references a less abstract concept – Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality album – which Pae says terrified her so much as a child that she could only sleep if it was safely tucked away under her bed.
Pae White – Too Much Night, Again runs from 13 March – 14 May at South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, London SE5