Brighid Lowe's work has utilised a wide range of
situations, materials and scale; from site-specific installations
to small, single photographs. One strand in Lowe's recent work has
involved the use of text in various formats. Text fragments are
collected from the every day world (newspapers, television,
stories, evangelical tracts etc.) and then used as an element
within her work, in the same way that one might use other found
materials or objects.
Central to Lowe's work is the idea of montage or
assemblage, in which a juxtaposed element disrupts the context in
which it is inserted. This contaminating element brakes the
linearity, unity and closure of a discourse. A new reading is
invited; that of the fragment perceived in relation to its origin.
The fragment is incorporated into a new whole in which the texts,
and therefore its origins, are transformed. The extracts deform
each other, contaminate each other's content, sometimes reject
each other, whilst at other points appear to fuse. Montage does
not reproduce the real, instead it constructs a process in which
images and texts are used against themselves in order to intervene
in the world.