AT THEATRE

"All the world's a stage" is the phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare's As You Like It. The speech compares the world to a stage and life to a play, and catalogues the seven stages of a man's life, sometimes referred to as the seven ages of man; infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, pantaloon and old age, facing imminent death. At Theatre nods towards this idea with the juxtaposition of the meaning of Theatre in the medical term and its meaning as a site for drama and entertainment. Thorp draws upon these medical and theatrical conditions in the work At Theatre.

The images in At Theatre are intended to depict a state of anxiety caused by external conditions that results in the fragmentation of a sense of self. Thorp's reaction to the environment has resulted in a psychologically charged response which explores the gap between internal and external reality, subject and object, and the need to resolve and unite the two.

At Theatre is about extra dimensions created by the power of thought and how a personal sense of reality stems from abstract ideas. If you think something is real, then it is. Thorp uses the shadow as a symbol for the ephemeral aspect of human nature - a cast shadow represents a doorway to another psychic dimension. The projection of a distorted human figure symbolises the distorted feelings of the inner person. The images that portray an absence of body parts are intended to express how the mind can lose track of its physical existence as the body begins to disappear as the root of identity.

Thorp tends to use a combination of two types of media, either paint and charcoal or perhaps scratching into a photo- graph, to represent different states of mind and to depict ideas that examine feelings and explore the way an individual can interpret dissimilar ways of being in what is essentially the same existence.

There is a certain beauty to be found in confusion, in a state of being lost and of being pushed into a corner mentally. At Theatre seeks to explore the way in which what we see is connected to what we feel.