Reflection: A matter of scale

Prior to entering the public space to commence with experimenting for A4, I have had (too much) time to consider how my A4 paper placeholders will be affectively used. Scale becomes a matter of concern in making a coherent formation. Shadows outside are significantly larger compared to the contained graphic compositions in the image space when working indoors. So if I was to try to create a mosaic of time and light on an exterior surface, I will need to consider the size of the object that the shadow is being cast from.


Distance between object and surface is also a consideration here, the further the object is from the surface, the more opaque the shadow will be. This poses a tricky balance to the choice of subject I choose to select. What I want to create with a mosaic is a visible connection between one image space and another. This relates to the property of emergence in Gestalt laws, and also the individual viewers ability to intuitively identify “…the ‘form’ of an encounter,” (Massumi, 1995, p.92).


I think in certain environments such as the images seen above, the A4 placeholder as an image space would be lost, however there is potential to work in larger paper sizes in future if the general concept is well supported. In the meantime I need to identify shadows in the public space that offer both a realistic scale and clarity to successfully produce a coherent abstract that can be legible for the viewer to “self-organise” the mosaic in ones psychic space (Campany, 2018).


Campany, D (2018) ‘Physical Space, Image Space, Psychical Space’ In: At: (Accessed on 04.12.18)

Massumi, B (1995) ‘The Autonomy of Affect’. In: Cultural Critique(31), pp 83-109