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THE THINGS THEMSELVES (2013)

A sculptural project which has resulted in the exhibition of objects, large photographic prints and video. Through this project I have further explored the ways in which the camera can shape and transform the viewer's conceptual, temporal and tactile understanding of an object, and how the object itself exerts a new reality through each of its incarnations. Different combinations of objects, prints and video have been presented alongside one another, but can equally well be shown individually: each revealing the works in different ways. .

These curious ceramic objects, The Things Themselves, of which there several dozen, have been made from pieces of clay which have been squeezed in one hand and then shaped to create angular modernist-style forms. In this way they retain the shape and character of the original gesture, and draw the viewer's hand as much as their eye.

Each object has been photographed for the series of large prints, The Allure of the Flesh, which offers new glimpses of the object's texture and hidden parts, as well as making the size of the object ambiguous. The title contradictorily pointing to the objects' material presence, technically absent from the image.

The film Things Being Themselves shows multiple objects in series and in arrangements, emphasises their anthropomorphism, pitting objects in relation to one another. The title suggests an act of being which is not entirely straight forward, as well as suggesting an active agency on the part of the objects, these are no mere passive dupes of the camera.

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