Julie Rafalski

Museum Spaces

When walking around a museum, we sometimes become aware of the squeaky floors, the smell of recycled air, the reflections of other viewers' clothes in some glass cabinets, the view out the windows, the intricacy of the lighting fixtures, the shape of the rooms, and how this all often feels like a stage set.

Our experience of the work that hangs on the walls is dependent, even if minutely, on the sun or fog outside, the creaky or shiny floors, the smell of floor detergent, the view of a river out the window, the ceiling lights, the colours the other visitors are wearing, the time of day, what language the other visitors are speaking...

The particular place has its way of interweaving itself in the work, even if only on the surface, or only in barely visible ways.

Seeing is always individual, particular, unique and indebted to place.