Focusing on the relationship I have with my sister, I aimed to create an accurate representation of us and what our time is like when we spend it together using a variety of media such as illustration and photography. I began by observing how we interact, and how our mannerisms differentiate but also how similar we look whilst remaining as two individuals. It is important to me that we are recognised as more than just the same person. The stop motion video aims to document and record an entire day spent together. By putting us in the same environment, I hoped to create the eerie symmetry found in twins whilst also allowing the audience to pick out our differences more easily. My theory was that by placing us in the same situation next to each other, it would be less likely for the eyes to be distracted by the differences that are more cosmetic and hoped to encourage people to look deeper than just deciding that we look “the same”. We do not look “the same”. We look alike.
A rather predictable covering of the face,
seen hundreds of times and repeated and copied countlessly. This whole covering of the face business… I don’t want it to detract from the character, I want to create the character around having the face covered.
So maybe, covering the WHOLE face, and making the circle look like is IS the head, instead of just making it look like it is covered.
Because of the sensitive and confidential medical records that we uncovered from inside our suitcase, I feel uncomfortable publishing our research and investigation onto the internet. I am not entirely sure what medical records can be used for, but for the safety of this woman’s identity all research will be contained either within my sketchbook, or within my reflective journal.
I slept completely surrounded and encased by teddy bears and soft toys. I slept completely surrounded and encased by teddy bears and soft toys until the age of 15.
By the age of 15, I wasn’t sure wether the reason I was sleeping with all of these toys around me was for genuine comfort and security or just through habit. It turned out to be the latter. I removed them from my bed and instantly recognised the amount of space that they were taking up. They were invading my space when I needed to have space. I haven’t looked back, until this winter.
Because I hoarded my bears so tightly, and kept them close by for so long, I had seen them stay the same while I grew taller. The pile that I once turned into a large nest, I could now gather in my arms. I had forgotten what it was like to be dwarfed by these large stuffed animals. I had forgotten the sense of wonder they inspired when they were half my size.
So over Christmas (a holiday now synonymous with receiving toys) I decided to try to recreate that same feelings felt as a child towards toys. A companionship of sorts. Because this new toy, I decided would be different from my others. This new toy/
person/ thing, instead of being dwarfed by me, would be able to dwarf me.
The aim of this video is to represent to rediscovery of childlike naivety. With the rag doll I designed representing lost childhood.
Music by: Joanna Newsom- Peach plum pear
For this paired project, Harri and I have decided to set up a tumblr which we can both contribute to that will be separate from our research files.
It will document our progress through out this one week project.
I would really like to try and style a shoot something like this,
with the circles covering faces.
Yard sales also have a unique way of demonstrating consumption habits… they are still a window into our lust for stuff.
- about Photographer Gregg Ruffing’s work on Yard Sales in the US
In a group with Rose, Nina, Lillie, and Daisy.
Every object we own has a story. We can use our belongings as a mark of status, or identity, they can have sentimental or superstitious value we can find them useful or superfluous to our daily lives. We each project our own meanings on to them through memory, associations, taste, and situation. Objects can mean different things to different people at different times.
The starting point for this project will be a visit to Greasby’s lost luggage auction where, in groups, you will bid on an item of your choice. This will then become the starting point for a piece of work that somehow investigates the ‘life of objects’.
Think about what objects are, what they can represent and how their meaning can be altered depending on how they are used. It could be that you use your object as a material to make something else, you could alter or adapt it to change its function, making it useful or useless. You could follow an investigation into narrative: if it could speak, what would it tell you? With whom has it been associated? Where did it live and how was it used? How might you document this? Etc etc
The object doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical part of the final piece. It should provide you with a starting point for your investigation.
Lost Luggage project