Where is Cader Idris?
Grayson, a caretaker of a boarding place where we were put up in Plas Caerdeon during ‘Cyfuniad’ (coming together) international artists workshop in North Wales U.K., narrated several folk-tales while taking the artists around. On one of those trips he told us about a myth, pointing towards a mountain called ‘Cader Idris’ which in Welsh means a giant chair. None of us could see anything at that moment, but out of curiosity I visited that point many times /almost every day and I realized that the mountain was always covered with thick clouds and one could not see the contour or the form for which it is given a name. One day while waiting for the form to be visible I began using my binoculars and noticed diversity of vegetation - ‘Cader Idris’ was surrounded by. While looking at other things I suddenly found ‘Cader Idris’ clearly visible but within 10 minutes it was covered with clouds again. That was the moment , the idea of installing my binoculars at that spot on the mountain in the forest from where I got a glance of ‘Cader Idris’ emerged and I began working on the sculpture made of a binocular, broomstick, iron hooks ,embroidery thread, sequences, fabric and cotton.
To reach that point I had found my own shorter route and wanted others to know about it. Just near the site I had chosen to install the binocular sculpture, there was a signpost with a marking of the letter ‘M’. I made number of soft cushions with the sign ‘M’ embroidered with shiny silver sequences and placed them on the trees for the people to reach the spot by following the trees with cushions, For the viewers looking through the binoculars was quite engaging. They were surprised to find unexpected details a naked eye could not spot. Even though each one’s way of looking is determined by what one wants to look at, the viewers did look for Cader Idris to emerge from the clouds.