Vanessa Albury | A. Bills-Levi | Gayle Brooker | Lisa Chou | Margaret Clarke | T. Davidson | Steven Davis | John Duckworth | Meghan Henley | Krist Mills | Sue Murray | Dorothy Netherlands | Rachel O’Neal | Larissa Patel | Lynn Patterson | Matt Smithson | Jonathan Walsh
I have a love for the common object. A small, practical thing such as a spring or a screw; the piece of bric-a-brac that almost everyone collects and uses daily throughout the course of life; that is perhaps not given much mind—that is passed over. I am interested in exploring, through photography, the expressive potential of the bits and pieces from my trove of junk arranged within the context of the still life. I compose with the intention of creating an environment within which my little scraps of junk may take on a personality that transcends their plainness. It is my wish to suggest the presence of relationships between the objects, the patches of organic elements (such as flowers and leaves), the transparency shadows (usually featuring figurative subject matter) that sometimes pop and sometimes hide, and the light that gives play to the wet surfaces, all allow for the inclusion of reflections. Objects are talkative if given a chance to speak. My hope is that I have managed to make ordinary things appear wise. My still lifes are not just still lifes, they are built in realities; they are memory constructions.