Artist Sarah Cameron from the UCL Slade School of Fine Art was commissioned to develop a huge mural for the Grant Museum's foyer. What she came up with was a trompe l'oeil of a museum cabinet filled with our objects.
"I have used perspective illusion experimentally, to open up a space in the architecture of a foyer that would otherwise have remain locked in the confines of solid matter. Creating an illusion is an engaging and seductive exercise but it also serves the purpose of enticing the viewer, in a quest to align and distort the illusion, to a position of questioning, where it emerges that this is not just a straightforward trompe l’oeil. What I am occupied with is a dichotomy, between the illusion of picturing and the reality of the subjective experience of the image and its material construction.
Beyond the point of the concept of illusion and its intrigue, the painting is not deeply involved with issues of deception. In fact, by allowing the viewer to step between the point of illusion and the obvious realisation of marks, drips and layers, I am conversely drawing attention to the construction of image and questioning what it means to make one - in paint.
This commission was part of a larger project "Kingdom in a Cabinet" generously funded by the DCMS Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.