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‘The beautifully used’ is a developing body of photographic work which aims to provoke thought as to the purpose or new role of objects and materials that have completed their initial purpose as an object or material and now embark on their aftermath of purpose.
I see this as the ‘Botany of modern life’, which regularly sees conversations between natural materials and eco systems with the urban environment, whether this be homing a natural purpose to fit into urban processes (The beautifully used_08) or natural objects sitting alongside the man made through random man placement (The beautifully used_02).
The work embodies both banal objects and materials and their use, with those materials or objects that are deemed to have more special meaning, due to their initial purpose and the meaning the user of these objects/materials put on them. However though both parties of object/materials start at completely different points of the human emotional spectrums, their initial purpose end is often the same – thrown away, discarded or simply left to take on a new role.
My work as a whole deals with the concepts of object/material adoption and adaption. The adoption process that we ourselves apply to certain materials and objects and the adaption that these objects/materials can possess once their initial purpose is made redundant. Redundancy as in a physical act; as in they can no longer give the function that they were produced to fulfill – having been fully used, or time dependent redundancy. This being the time constraint that is put onto a particular material or object, in which its purpose currency is held in its peak time use i.e. marking an occasion, in remembrance or being a product of something that is no longer produced etc.
This body of work looks…
ISSN 1799-8549 (Painettu/Printed)
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