PLACEMENTS

 

Within the corpus of many  small , personalised objects that I have created,  I am attempting to circumvent any obvious ritual or quasi-religious connotations, preferring to locate these objects within a new context, as yet, undefined, but rooted within some kind of forgotten folk tradition.   Some of my most recent objects have consisted of “bundles” or “stacks” of found materials, disjecta membra, that are bound together, sometimes with hidden or “secret” objects housed within them, or personal messages written on paper and secreted within the bundles that have some kind of subjective significance that is difficult to explain,..they are certainly informed by the idea that they house or contain a kind of life force, or organic energy, a seed -memory, and regular handling and scrutiny would appear to invest them with something ” other” than any normal found ephemera ..I view these objects very much as the ” material context” of the particular landscape that I am investigating, and these objects signify the  transit of a walk, and are generally found in stages along the way. The stacks may contain bones, feathers, fragments of bark, leaves, seeds, etc, that have then been stored and handled frequently, until they acquire a particular resonance, and they are then ready to be transferred to a new location.

 

Once relocated, these bundles and stacks are once again embedded into the landscape, their shape altered, and constantly transforming through the action of time, weather, and the advancing processes of decomposition.  In this way, the bundle becomes a seed, a transmitter, a resonator, a receptacle for the organic memory of each of the components, something which speaks without words.

 

 

 

 

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