After getting an extension built on my house, I became interested in the various off-cuts and left over pieces that remained. A mix of empty bottles, offcuts of pipe, wood, metal, and wires that didn’t ‘make the cut’ or had served a purpose and were now unneeded. Items that were once structurally important to the very fabric of the building lay unceremoniously on the floor, their essence for being lost. I have worked in the past with found objects, trying to find an aesthetic quality and looking of ways to reimagine their purpose. I have not had any relationship with these objects, and though I could guess where they may have come from or imagined how they were once used or came to be, they had no value to myself.
I started to gather these pieces as the build went along and have begun to explore their possibilities for being reused and repurposed within my artwork. I have found that the knowledge of their past gives the pieces a more personal meaning. I find myself more connected to both the pieces themselves and to the resulting artwork.
This is very much an ongoing project, as I explore how the different materials and items can be used together. The resulting pieces are quite different in nature, but are connected through this common lost purpose and shared past.