A video installation and experimental documentary made in response to my Granddad’s ‘cabinet of curiosities'. The following pictures document the arrangement of Cabinet, 2012
Aware of the age and fragility of my Grandparents, my recent work started with a desire to understand more about them and to uncover and perhaps try to preserve their personal history. As the work progressed this investigation developed into a fascination with my Granddad's ‘cabinet of curiosity’.
Alone with the cabinet I began examining these objects and souvenirs as an anticipation of their loss, knowing that their personal memory would be locked away in these objects after they are gone. What could the cabinet reveal by itself? Hopefully it suggests what their loss might mean to me, whilst retaining some of the visual qualities attributed to 'cabinets of curiosity'.
Revealing the black & white object. (Steel framed plaster)
The chalk drawing was made by projecting earlier footage of the cabinet video onto the blackboard and tracing it frame by frame. The final frame remains, revealing the history of marks made and a sense of time passing. It reflects the process of uncovering the cabinet objects within the video.