Setting up the Setting

What seems like ages ago now I started wallpapering to create a setting within the studio that represented a home like environment. I wanted to create a similar set up like last year with the magnolia piece I began with then. This time I planned to have the image of before next to space. I began the process of building a new set up or “setting” as I have started calling them. That’s when I began the wallpapering mission! I got a bit side-tracked by my grandmas ornaments during this process but at the moment I’m a bit confused with what it is that I really want to make; so I decided to return to this idea and try and complete it rather than leave it half way through- as I tend to do.  So at the back of my mind I’d been thinking about this setting and had come to the conclusion that I wanted it to take the form of a hallway- including coat hook, with coats, maybe a table and lamp, which I then scrapped to just a picture at the side of the coats. Yesterday I put the coat hooks up and asked to borrow a few friends coats- and well-ahh the hallway was made.

However it didn’t really have that effect. It was still just a wallpapered board, with coats, within a studio environment. I think that’s the hardest thing within my practice- replicating reality. It’s very hard. You can only really do that with a photograph. My mum made a good point though; that the photograph does do what it says on the tin. It does capture that moment; but does it actually say too much? It’s the art work supposed to question that reality. Creating this setting isn’t what I want to do. A setting is too much to replicate. Using forgotten objects provokes the memories of a time gone by without the need for a whole setting?

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