The project documents the life and decay of images, their transformation and their physical qualities but it also refers to memory and our personal mnemonic investments in pictures. The subject of the project is a collection of images pasted onto the wooden walls of an allotment shed. The focus is not on the owner but on the images as physical objects and their material properties. By carefully recording the physical qualities of the images, the plastic specificities of the reproductions are revealed. The body of work borrows its language and approach from still life and documentary genres but avoids providing the context of the images remaining fragmentary. The photographs are registers of the passage of time in the images’ lifecycle, the space they inhabit, and their material transience. The documents of this ephemeral stage are rearranged to create a construction that interacts with the viewer’s own memory.
The body of work encompasses a number of documents of a collection of images taken from newspapers and magazines. These papers, glued to the walls of a permeable shed, deteriorate and are absorbed by their environment. In the process of doing so, they become different images. The frontal parallel framing intends to conduct the viewer directly into the images. The close up treatment and scale of the prints uncover the details of the materiality of the photographs: the paper fibers, the half-tone print dots, and the glue’s sheen. The motivation for having a multilayered composition for the exhibition is to allow multiple entry and exit points to the work while preventing a sequential reading of the images. Having the prints unmediated by glass, or frame, enhances the material qualities of the photographic print. Rusted nails are employed to hold the prints visually and relate to the content of the pictures: transience and decay. Visual echoes are meant reverberate within the installation – in a similar way memories do – constantly drawing connections between the elements: materials, framing within framing and arrangement.