History of A Place
Master of Fine Art
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I am investigating memory, a history of a place, and the overlooked. My practice explores urban dereliction and the throwaway society that consumes, discards and is left to decay. I capture the visceral elements that connect to a place and moment in time, by exploring deteriorating surfaces that expose their materiality. As a multi-disciplinary artist, I work with photography, found material assemblages, printmaking and video. I use documentary photography to observe and reflect on the world around as I am intrigued by those elements so often disregarded, reflecting moments of loss or change. I am drawn to apertures, the out of place, deteriorated signs and ghost images. By projecting these photographs onto a layered fabric screen the broken nature of these industrial ruins is intensified.
My work takes a cyclical journey with certain underlying themes of found materials, layering, distressed surfaces, traces and trails. In the fabric assemblages, I use deconstructed table linens as the structure and patterns, lend themselves to the apertures and barriers of the buildings. Part of my process is to find ways of distressing the materials that mark or stain the surface. I found that by burying the linens in the compost bin I could discolour and distress the fabric by marking and blemishing the surface. I refer to this process as ‘compost harvesting’ and have recorded the stages of this process in the “History of a Cloth” video. These pieces are used in the fabric assemblages which in turn reflect the documentary photographs of urban dereliction.