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 “All art is image-making and all
image-making is rooted in
the creation of substitutes.”

E.H. Gombrich
Meditations on a Hobby Horse


Mapping the Dark: A Museum of Ambient Disorders originated as a gallery installation by the artist, Rosamond Casey, at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia in March 2003. The artist has created ten works of visual fiction, which are ‘collaborations’ with imaginary characters. The works are psychological portraits that begin with the ‘art’ or visual material her characters have left behind as a residue of a peculiar turn of mind: a worry, a craving, a secret wish or loss.

A Museum of Ambient Disorders is a collection of a collection of books, photographs, collages, sculptures, and paintings. Each piece suggests, through narrative clues and the urgency of the character’s mark, the conditions which have driven each individual to produce the work exhibited. The artist plays the role of collector and curator in addition to straddling the line between self and other.

Placed around the gallery space are small black and white photographs alluding to the characters. The viewer is invited to draw connections between the artwork and the elusive identities in the photographs and to examine the possibility of relationships between characters.

In addition to the individual works, the artist has produced a limited first edition of 45 leather-bound clamshell boxes each containing ten volumes, which fold out into a narrative display of each character’s work.


A pair of scissors, his text books, the faculty
xerox machine, and the confidence he had
in his absolute invisibility in high school
gave Raymond the tools he
needed for his work.

Photo Rosamond Casey

This piece is presented as a PDF file. To see it, click on the image above.


©2003 Rosamond Casey

“White Noise,” another visual fiction in the collection Mapping the Dark, appeared in Archipelago, Vol. 7, No. 1.



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