Transition – The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
The current work in progress addresses the idea of remembrance, loss, memory, recollection, transition and death through the notion of the object. These objects were originally photographed at a relative’s home after she passed away. It is a continuation of work which began in the Evanesce series. The difference with these images is that they combine the Still Life and the Portrait whereby each relative of the deceased is seated alongside the ornaments and objects they inherited. [More images to follow]
Our momentary belongings – ornaments, photographs and clothes are collected and displayed in our homes throughout our lifetime. They mark our identity, our taste in fashion and our taste in design. When we pass away, these temporary possessions are left behind to embrace new lives. They can show traces of our characters but are only recognisable to those who know us well; the suit in the wardrobe, the decanter and glasses, the jug from an antique market etc. Relatives and friends eventually remove these items; they get passed on, inherited, or even discarded. They are linked to themes of death, loss, memory and absence. They eventually become monuments to our loved ones. Transition takes place and the objects adopt new homes and form new identities. The absence of an object signifies the end of a lifespan and the beginning of a new one. Replacing the missing objects with words describes ‘the thing that has been there’ (Barthes, 1980, p.76). The photographs preserve the memory of their occupancy before their evanescence ensues.
Drawing on the influence of Renaissance painting and contemporary still life photography this series of images addresses the representation of social issues within the domestic interior such as class, identity and the economy. Placing raw meat and animal body parts alongside everyday objects gives the work a kind of forensic quality and subtle meanings. The dark backgrounds accentuate their shape and form referring back to the approach of Spanish still life.