Set in the idea of the photograph as a repository of recollection and memory, ‘Vanishing Point’ plays with time and memory to build imagined histories and geographies. Many of the photos I have found are images of travel and leisure, some annotated, some unknown. I approach this disjunctured past by skewing perspectives, inverting vistas and fragmenting spatial geographies. The ‘ghosting’ of spaces and people in the images of the past, the considerations of time ruptured and forgotten, leads one to deliberate on the elasticity of the spectral image.
I accompany intrepid travellers and deconstruct their destinations, their identity through these devices. I create figures, transplanted, posing among created landscapes; portraits with x-rays, creatures out of time – alienated by their surroundings; objects transplanted into a modern day world of reflections that are all slightly askew. I play with the sense of familiarity and distance that uses photographs to construct an obverse and oblique reality; to create a membrane of memory which acts as a filter for nostalgia and remembrance and stretches taut the constructed singular instance.
‘A Chair Walks into a Landscape’, Single channel animation, archival photographs and animation, 2017.