This ethereal lightwork by contemporary Australian artist, Meagan Streader, is carefully positioned in the void of the staircase built in 1892, adjacent to the Convent entry to the All Hallows’ Chapel.
The installation adopts simple text, form and line to reflect a sensitive and historical space.
On the wall of the hallway at the foot of the stair-case is the Chapel List – a list, by year, since 1868 of members of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregration who have passed on for remembrance and prayer.
The Chapel List is accompanied by the beautiful Chapel List poem, by an anonymous Sister, which includes the words that ‘God may grant them a place ‘of light, of rest, [and] of peace’.
These words carry different meaning for people at different times. Meagan’s artwork is a very considered response to the significance of this stairwell within the All Hallows’ Convent and the lines from this special poem. As visitors traverse the stairwell, at different intervals, they are accompanied by the words light, rest and peace lit in neon to stunning effect and enjoyed from a variety of vantage points as you ascend and descend.
The work encourages you to explore the transitory, barely perceptible space between life and death and the transformative nature of light, space and time.
Meagan Streader’s immersive light installations invite viewers to experience a specific space or site in a new way. Through site-specific interventions, Streader manipulates, reinterprets or extends upon the boundaries of constructed spaces. Her multidimensional approach to light is used to draw lines in the air, trace elements of existing architecture or craft new shapes within spatial voids.