Themes of placement and out of place-ness have been emerging in current work.
Looking back at earlier images of my wardrobe in the crypt are resonating with this and I am thinking about what makes something out of place – the expected or unexpected, the ‘usual’ or ‘normal’ feels like a huge area of debate to return to. I think there is something also about relationships between objects which will be useful to develop – and what role Bakhtin’s ‘object relations’ might have.
So these are images of previous work – I want to include these (and others in future posts) for completeness in considering my work with the wardrobe, but also to use this as a space to reflect on it and develop my thinking further.
These images developed from a series of objects ‘appearing’ in and near to the space I was working in. I enjoyed the surprise this bought to my day, what would arrive today? in looking at the images there are themes of frame and light – ideally these would have been a uniform format. I was learning (and still am) to use a new camera so different settings and different cameras have effected this. It is also with the benefit of hindsight I can see the flaws and that developing a standard format may help in not distracting from the image and intention.
The objects photographed also have varying ‘success’ and interest. The lamp was interesting as it was so domestic in a very undomestic space, but next to the wardrobe does not seem to be so strong as the ladder or clothes rail. Perhaps things too closely related, but not quite, aren’t as successful as those with a greater disparity. Although the clothes rail has an obvious similarity in function it seems to ‘sit’ better than the lamp. My views have altered so these remain useful images to consider placement and object.
The scale and similarity in size and the linear form of the objects, their ‘uprightness’ are also factors which contribute to the interest of the images.
It also returns to original themes of work made in 2008/9 where I placed the wardrobe next to a gold spray painted dresing table (also from my grandmother’s). This felt to me at the time of two people stood next to one another.