In the summer of 2014, the Ingleby Gallery presented Katie Paterson: Ideas as part of the GENERATION nationwide programme of exhibitions, Paterson’s largest solo exhibition to date. This work is one of a series of text works to exist in the imagination. Ideas are a series of short haiku-like sentences in solid silver that turn some of Katie Paterson’s unrealisable ideas into impossible statements of intent. These semi-poetic phrases take shape in the imagination of whoever reads the words and so become an expression of the idea itself. What gradually becomes clear is that the distance between the realised and the unrealisable is not to be relied upon.
This work was purchased by the Art Collection with the assistance of the National Fund for Acquisitions. It is currently on display in the Court Room Building reception display case.