This series focuses on using objects to evoke feelings of nostalgia and anxiety, creating a visual narrative in an environment that relates both to a recent modern past of 1960s and 1970s domestic life. Saturated sickly colours combine with strange juxtapositions of edible and inedible objects to create a feeling of unease and disrupt the “vanitas” still life tradition of art history. In connection to themes of perception and distortion drawn from John Berger’s “On Visibility” as well as Roland Barthes’ “Camera Lucida”, lenses are incorporated into the still lifes to shift the viewers’ perception of the objects and their arrangements, playing with scale and perspective. From image to image, objects are added, replaced and removed, as lenses are physically inserted to disrupt the image plane and composition.
“Separate objects are like isolated words. Meaning is only to be found in the relation between them. What is the meaning to be found in the visible? A form of energy, continually transforming itself.”
On Visibility, John Berger