Objectified

SASA Gallery, Adelaide, 2012

Artist Statement

Sometimes I’d like to write a book
A book all about time
About how it doesn’t exist,
How the past and future
Are one continuous present.
I think that all people – those living,
those who have lived
And those who are still to live – are alive now.
I should like to take that subject to pieces like a soldier dismantling his rifle.

Yevgeny Vinokurov

This work draws upon notions of time, memory, and home, and is motivated by anecdotes, intuition and psychometry.

I have converted these objects into pinhole cameras*… using tiny holes and photochemistry to look at the pictures inside… this is what light does all by itself!

My great grandfather’s brother Percy made this wooden box when he was about fifteen years old, convalescing in bed with scarlet fever. I like noticing the fine pencil lines he used to work out the carving. A little later he became a soldier, and was killed in the war. His brother Leslie, my great grandfather, was temporarily blinded due to shock.

Each of these found objects were made into pinhole cameras. Their interiors were coated with a light sensitive medium, and the one-off (negative) images captured were developed and fixed inside.

Photography by Corey Roberts, cr3 studio.

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Installation at SASA Gallery, 2012
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Boys' Toys
Pinhole camera photograph and photogram inside vintage tobacco tin
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Boys' Toys [detail]
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Frai Frai and Father
Pinhole camera photograph inside vintage tea cup, saucer
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Frai Frai and Father [detail]
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Percy
Pinhole camera photograph inside handmade wooden box (circa 1912)
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Percy [detail]
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The Two Heidis
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The Two Heidis
Pinhole camera photograph inside hand torn book
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The Two Heidis [detail]
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I Wish You Were Here
Pinhole camera photograph inside vintage suitcase
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I Wish You Were Here [detail]