The Stage presents an artist’s life as one of working with and against structures, moving through the familiar spaces that are occupied in a lifetime. In the exhibition space, these habitats became the home for an artist who is now unseen, having shifted from being an actor on these sets to a director who enabled an audience’s encounter with the work.
Three distinct yet related scenes were presented, each represented various aspects of a developing life – from infancy, through to the complexity of adulthood, and later years of contemplation.
A fourth tableau, in a separate room, presented an undefined environment, neither a moment in time nor a specific place. It was a site of imagination where unseen forces became realised. With The Stage, Raff distilled the preoccupations of his five decade exhibition practice and the ambition of his public works to produce a body of work that filled the museum’s galleries.
The Stage was a psychologically charged space that invited audiences into a realm of personal reflection for the artist and an experiential site of discovery for audiences.