Photographs by Cathal Carey
A 1980s carpet from the living room of a Victorian terrace house, hung from a wall. The photographs show this installed in MFA 2010, alongside Empty House, a four track recording of the interior of an empty house.
Nothing has been done to the carpet, other than removing it from its intended location and re-presenting it on the wall of a gallery. It exists as a 1:1 scale map – cut to the shape of the Victorian terrace front room it came from: the bay window, the fireplace and doorframe are clearly identifiable in the outline. Over twenty years’ worth of use has left indentations from furniture and worn patches from the house’s inhabitants’ continuous walking over the same areas. This amassed marks upon the carpet’s surface displays the passage of time not as a linear structure but as a gradual and cumulative layering. Like the house itself, it does not exist in one specific, ‘authentic’ period of time, but rather it exists through time. There is an acknowledgement of everyday British-ness about it – it comes from a specific location, yet its generic shape typifies domestic architecture throughout the country.