If No-one Else Wants You

This weekend saw a two day exhibition set in an underground carpark in Dundee (quirky setting, yes?). The project was called The Undesireable and I put together an assemblage for the event.

“The invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck”

(Paul Virilio)

Beneath our accelerated modern culture lies a world of inconvenient truths: people, places, events and inevitabilities which we would rather forget and perhaps all too often neglect.

The ancient divide between reason and unreason, order and chaos, sanity and insanity is in some walks of life as pertinent as ever.

 

Sometimes it’s bad to collect, its bad to hoard, its bad to hang on to. How can we move forward if we’re cluttered with the past? But I’m saddened when others do let go. And that’s what this piece is.

If No one Else Wants You

 

Detail

If No-one Else Wants You

clay replica binoculars, hoarded candles,

collected baking trays and drawer

& preserved banana peel

2013

 

My work is usually so clean, so I’m not sure about this grungy aesthetic. But I feel its in tune with the brief I was working from. I think I’ll stick to white walls for now though.

The ‘Click’

I often talk about waiting for the ‘click’. That moment when it suddenly becomes apparent that you’re on to something. I think today I realised, it already clicked. While talking about my progress in our group crit, it came to me that I actually have a lot going on at the moment. There are three things I’m working on right now, and I feel they’re all about to take off.

A lot of the work is a continuation of my process from last year, perhaps this is why I missed the ‘click’, because it had already been. I was very happy with my body of work last semester and I’m enthusiastic about where its going to lead me in 4th year.

I’ve returned to the workshop this week, oh how I’ve missed it. It seems strange thinking back to second year and how intimidated I was the first time I was handed a drill. Now, I could live in that place.

In keeping with my work on the obsessive recording and presenting of nostalgic objects, I’m working with old glasses. I’ve worn glasses for fifteen years now and have accumulated a collection. Having selected seven of these pairs I’m working on a construction that will allow the viewer to perceive an image through the lenses of the glasses I wore between the ages of six and twelve.

I hope to complete it this week. Fingers very crossed.