Degree Show- Entities
Objects effect and define certain aspects of our lives; I believe the process of decay and waste, it captures a great deal about society and our transformation within it. There is a deep and mystifying element to be found in the derelict spaces that surround us. Things which were once given functionality or maintained over time are deserted to become decaying matter, within the waste there is the potential of bringing a new, contemporary objective. Objects depict the conditions of the past whilst evoking an emotive response in the present, often leading to more questions than answers.
My degree show focuses on the use of abandoned objects and materials, found primarily in neglected and abandoned places; reclaiming has been left behind to bring a new life to its depletion. There is a potential within discarded objects which contain so many different memories and histories that can be redefined. By incorporating these found materials into my work, I capture different aspects of experiences with the entities found.
This process has developed in a range of ways, experimenting with the idea of rebuilding broken environments as well as the more delicate approach of casting small objects in resin The deterioration of rusting and erosion has been brought to a standstill. The tactile pieces personify objects by making them ageless, depicting a sense of personal attachment to things that have been abandoned to decay. This process reflects upon life; the memories and traces of people and things in the past, the belongings and impressions that they leave behind. I wanted to capture an essence of the people around me by using materials that they have lived in and discarded. By transforming this range of materials, I address the topic of waste whilst giving the objects the opportunity to be seen with a sense reflection and respect.
Capturing the atmosphere of the broken down locations I collect from, I give the audience an experience of the forgotten and overlooked within their urban landscapes, giving a modern retrospective on the principle of neglect.