Looking at me, looking at you, looking at art, Hilary Jack at The Art House Worcester 2021.
Division of Labour presented this site specific autobiographical solo show by hilary jack at The Art House Worcester, formerly a car showroom. During the Winter lockdown of 2020, as the death toll from COVID19 mounted, Jack collected and painted a number of found vanity and rear view mirrors to resemble eyes. For Jack, found objects often trigger memories and uncanny associations with loss, acting as portals to the past.
As a young adult driving away from her family home, Jacks lasting image of her Mother before her sudden death days later, was in the rear view mirror of her car. During the install Jack was made aware that the ghostly image of the Worcester Infirmary, where her Mother had died many years early, was in fact reflected in the painted mirrors she had made and the window of the vitrine Gallery where her work was now installed. In this moment her work became not only a site specific response to the space but also a highly emotive and autobiographical work.