Amongst other earlier works, Peta exhibits three series of recent works that have their roots in quantum physics, The Edge of Becoming, Indeterminate Interface and Unfolding Light and Space. She examines these themes for her art-based PhD and each investigation represented by a group of studies that bring the ideas to visual form.
Normal laws do not explain the baffling behaviours at the heart of matter. Peta's work combines art and science to reference and explores questions raised by quantum weirdness, including wave/particle duality, uncertainty, the observer effect and quantum entanglement. Peta Jacobs combines a variety of media including light itself. Light extends outwards across the gallery walls from the pieces in the Indeterminate Interface series, and it is not obvious where the colours within the light originate. This series references scientific concepts of uncertainty. There is a symmetry that links the pieces, a visual chain that oscillates between light and material substance.
In the Unfolding Light and Space series, Peta uses mirrors, prisms and transparent film to create baffling, transparent boxes. Paradoxically, space is not only confined within the box but also unfolds and reflects towards an infinity at the same time. Elements seem to appear and disappear as one moves around the piece. The colour in each plane co-exists with its complementary: green with magenta, red with cyan and blue with yellow. These opposite colours, hopelessly entangled, shift together as a pair, with every change in angle of viewing. These pieces are engaging and play with senses and perceptions and the resulting complexity questions what might be beneath the surface of reality, the world behind the looking glass. They create an unusual relationship with the mirror. One does not see one's own reflection, in its place, one sees abstract, imaginary realms suggestive of landscapes, cityscapes or other worlds.
The digital animation series, The Edge of Becoming, articulates the creases of a space-time threshold where the material and the immaterial fold into and out of one another. Peta has a background in textile practice and textile-like motifs inhabit her works as in another of her films. One of these short films presents abstract, tubular shapes creating organza-like folds that dissolve and reform, shifting in and out of being. Another features a looping red thread that unfolds from a fluctuating field of black fibres, emerging from a dynamic white void. The black filaments ride on waves generated from within the underpinning white ground. The movement of the red thread articulates changing relationships and interconnections, not only with the black strands, but also with itself.
Centrespace Gallery, 6 Leonard Lane, Bristol, BS1 1EA, UK
How to find us:
Leonard Lane is an alley-like lane that used to form the medieval boundary of the City of Bristol. There is access from Corn Street and Small Street. Also, there is a flight of steps leading up to the gallery from St Stephen’s Street.
From Corn Street, the entrance to Leonard Lane is in-between Stanfords map shop and Cosy Club . Centrespace is halfway down the alley on the right.
We can also be accessed via a flight of steps, half way down St Stephen’s Street near the backpackers hostel.
Parking is limited. No parking at all on Friday & Saturday evenings. The nearest and cheapest multistory car park is Trenchard Street. There is also a car park in Charlotte Street.