This body of work explores our relationship with archive both public and personal and how our lives can be interpreted through the fragments that are left. A seemingly random collection of objects: postcards, photographs, scrapes of paper, letters, diaries and other mementos are the remnants of our lives that can be found in public and private collections. They become the clues that indicate who we are…were...will be. These objects form a sense of ourselves; creating an impression of normality and staged familiarity that make us feel complete. However, it is in the gap, the pause, the silence that reveals the most. This is where object and memory can come together to form an imagined reality that we exist in. For this exhibition, a brown foolscap folder is the gap, the silence, the starting point. The remembered becomes the lived present, reality shifts and the hunt behinds; using museum archives and Google searches, time collapses making the forgotten visible. As it unravels, there is no map, no point B, just a series of fragments that when placed together form a re-imagined whole,
an archive of a life.
This current body of work that has been developing over the past two years and includes a range of techniques and materials from video, sculpture, drawings and collage.
My current process means that I work closely with ideas surrounding memory, place and archival collections mostly online and library / museum based. I am interested in the heritage of a location or collection especially it’s lost and largely forgotten social history. I am interested in researching and developing ideas that explore notions of fact and fiction, blurring the boundaries and making my audience question what is real? This way of working develops into site specific commissions exploring the relationship between photography and sculpture.