The 20:45 to Lover’s Rest
The 20:45 to Lover's Rest
The 20:45 to Lover’s Rest is an installation and performance piece dedicated to railway workers and passengers who suffered the loss of limbs whilst working and travelling on railways.
The work, a collaboration with artist James Kearney, prosthetist Chris Parsons and Uckfield Model Railway Club, features two constructed prosthetic limbs integrated into a model landscape.
As a miniature train travels between the limbs, the landscape – layered with mirrors, drops and facets – reflects the structures and people within, giving a surreal and industrial finish.
Both the limbs and topography show a mixture of organic and industrial elements highlighting the relationship between body, machine and the land.
Set to a musical score which plays with time and place, two passengers make eyes at each other as if at a station platform. The skies darken as they plug into prosthetic limbs which form the landscape between them and their journey begins.
The limbs act as terminals for a small locomotive passing from within the upper arm of a male passenger, ‘via Limbridge’ station, past a memorial relic (a severed forearm, paying homage to injured workers and passengers), before reaching the female passenger’s inner thigh and eventually docking into her shin, whereupon they both fall asleep.
This humorous, romantic and sensual piece highlights our need for connection, both to our surroundings and each other.