The really exciting part was placing the figurines. At first I did feel a bit disappointed, I’d grown to like the plinths on their own, but I soon realised the potential of the figurines and remembered their role in the work as a “language of objects.” I continued to move the figurines around, sticking mostly to the plan; I placed the magnolia figure in its place, surprisingly adding an extra magnolia figure which wasn’t my original intention. I chose to face this in the opposite direction to encourage the viewer to walk around the work and inspect it. It’s at this point I also swapped the pink and blue plinth- I remembered that I had two matching figurines that I intended to face one another, encouraging a link in the collection as a whole. The cast figurines also needed to be separated which was why the pink plinth needed separating from its neighbours. I chose not to centre all of the figurines playing around with the idea of an art object rather than a museum display. I’m also pleased to see that my measurements added up and the figurine heights measure up to the heights of their corresponding plinths.
So the research begins for working class taste. Here I have taken some fantastic photographs of my grandma’s house. Like many of the older generation of the working class their homes are filled with various pieces of sentimental tat- sorry grandma. Some may think its tat or kitsch, or memorabilia, but my grandma likes it and it’s of real interest to me as to why. As I’ve said before I was shocked when my tutor remarked- “She doesn’t really have it like that does she?” when I showed him a photograph of my grandmas ornaments surrounding her whole fireplace. I’d grew up with it so taken it for grated, but when you move between classes and into the art world you find that not everyone agrees on the same taste.
My favourite photograph is of Grandma’s Fruit-bowl. An icon of her home. “Been with me since Ryan was born.”- referring to my uncle now in his forties. I really love the image, what it represents, what it portrays about ornamental objects and the table cloth surrounding it; the image of working class taste.
Can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this yet! I recently received the best news! My mum only happens to work with the women who’s moved into my grandmas old house! I was so excited about this!! Mum spoke to her about the photos I’d already took and what I was doing. I couldn’t believe it when mum explained the lady was planning to strip the whole place and paint it white!! Just what I’ve been saying! She was also kind enough to say she would take some photographs for me! I was over the moon. The pictures above show the extreme before and after! What a contrast. Those memories and moments stripped away to make room for new ones. The room has been forever removed from the present. Without the picture evidence I would forever imagine that fireplace the way it was when my grandma had it, but with these images it’s evident the room has moved on; moved on into new times. I would like to say a huge thank you to Chelsea! It’s ever so kind of you to let me use these photographs. Wish you all the best in your new home!
With these recent images of almost empty homes, I’ve recognised that throughout the photographing stage, gradually the objects become more depleted within the rooms. With each photograph taken the more objects that go. Playing around on windows photo viewer I placed these images side by side on the screen a before/after shot so to speak. I really like this almost spot the difference feel.