'At Sea', (2010) Artist's statement
Set in resin, transformed from flimsy photographs into solid forms these disregarded domestic images are safe now – perhaps safer than where I found them, adrift in a Bethnal Green church jumble sale. The protagonists have been extracted from the glue of the photographic image. The outline of these characters is left behind by the drag of my scalpel, like a shadow on the original snapshot photograph (or like the pre-photographic trend of tracing a figure’s outline on a wall). The familiar staged composition of family photographs emerges and the repetition of our photographic lives on the domestic stage is highlighted through the collage.
These images are from a recent history, one that looks remarkably similar to my own. This feels too young to be a ‘found’ image just yet. Perhaps this is why I feel the need to make them 'safe'.