Published by the Mount Stuart Trust in conjunction with the Visual Arts Programme in 2009, Katja Strunz selects work to exhibit within the context of Mount Stuart : "a constellation of several metal objects, two paper works and a photographic work collectively titled "The Great Bear (je meurs où je m'attache)". The installation, developing from the original exhibit Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Haus Esters 2006, reflects the artist's ongoing enquiry into cultural history, philosophy, architecture, temporality and the ownership of space and collections.
The objects, placed within the context at Mount Stuart, and demanding a renewed focus, flow from the contemporary exhibition space of the visitor centre into the outside and provide a significant link to the garden and decorative interiors of the nineteenth century house. The objects 'Parasols' are built to resemble plants, mushrooms or umbrellas and their positioning follows the pattern of the stars called The Great Bear. The artist's proposal, rather than represent an exact copy of the constellation is to reflect the idea of mirroring The Great Bear into our space, a mimetic process. The subtitle of the exhibition references a photographic image taken in Nantes, France, 1929, and shows a group of people wearing camouflage made of leaves. With the help of their outfits they resemble plants. Looking through the photographer's camera into our time they hold a big sign which tells us "je me meurs où je m'attache". The metal objects together with the photographic image join the old saying "I will die where I am closely connected". Text by Dr Sarah Lowndes.