JAIMINI PATEL
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My work explores the agency of matter through a negotiation of boundaries, systems and performative actions. I make slight interventions to materials and spaces to reveal their ability to hold memories or associations and examine how these can be transformed, shifted or even removed. Increasingly, I work with the remnants from my daily existence in order to contemplate time through the intricate interdependence of things, both animate and inanimate.

Many factors enable a material to come into being and to enter our reality. How does the time that it takes for bees to make beeswax correlate to the time it takes for a candle to burn? The size and shape of a pistachio is determined by a whole range of circumstances coming together and its shell thus represents a measurement of different conceptions of time, which hover outside our comprehension.

The decisions I make rely upon a shared agency. A careful negotiation takes place between the rules and systems that belong to things and those that I create. Whilst I seek to acquire an intimate understanding of matter, I enjoy the fact that it, nevertheless, eludes us. These points of resistance at the boundaries of possibility often lead to unanticipated lines of enquiry.

By implementing a single activity or set of repetitive performances, I seek to direct attention to barely perceptible change. While certain actions are embodied and discernible within the material, others remain more reticent. The correlation between the private performance, its observation, and the presentation of an outcome can be ambiguous. The temporal and sometimes precarious manifestation of this process can be vulnerable in its emergence.

I am interested in the anticipation created by the potential for the work to change, collapse, or become unstable and the interplay between chance and intention. The experience of a particular moment within the work acts as an invitation to imagine that which escapes measurement or perception. The observable is merely a small part of what occurs.

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