Video mapping and and objects from my mum’s collection
Made for Under the Influence at Siobhan Davies Studios - Part of Studio Manifold's Starting Point residency with craft collective 60I40. This project asked us to look again at influences on our own work.
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My mum and her friend started a museum when they were 12. It was the beginning of her lifelong passion for making, collecting and curating. She took us to the Museum of Mankind when we were small. We wondered at the mysterious and magic objects. They were full of stories – spurs to our imagination. Artist Eduardo Paolozzi staged an exhibition: Lost Magic Kingdoms in 1986. It was a completely new approach to museum exhibition, taking objects out of context, re-curating and mixing his own work with the artefacts, materials and found objects.
I like to think that my parents’ personal take on the importance of making, collecting, selecting, and curating without hierarchies, reflect Paolozzi’s impulses. He made instinctive connections between art, science, technology, ethnography and archaeology. These ideas have filtered down into my work – I like to find meaning and magic in materials and objects, the extraordinary in the everyday.
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