My work is concerned with the temporality of human existence, the ways in which we find our place in the world and what we leave in our wake to evidence that we were here.
The focus of my recent practice has been the exploration and analysis of a personal archive of official records, family photographs and feelings about a life event. I am interested in the process of editing, selecting, disregarding and cross referencing the disparate source materials. By focusing on both the content and the omissions, the positive and negative spaces of the archive, I make new discoveries; furthering my understanding of an intervention that had significant bearing on my life. I seek to unearth and expose moments of significance and respond using sculpture, print, sound, film and installation to isolate and articulate an object, event or feeling.
“Melt Baby -2 hours” is part of series of text, sound and time based works contemplating a train journey of great consequence, evidenced by a thread woven through the letters within the archive. Each of the artefacts in this series have been created within a two hour time period; the length of the journey. The works are the result of knitting with the printed letters from the archive, repetitive typing of the train station names along the route, reading aloud the official letters and a child’s story book of the same era; overlaying the sound recordings where the factual and the fictional texts collide and this, a digital silent film of an effigy cast in ice of a baby, filmed from a single view in real time. As time progresses the object loses definition becoming foetal and then embryo like - as if gestation is being rewound. A pool of liquid ensues and then, on vanishing; all that remains is a dark stain.