Pocket Remains Scorched (2015)
The banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary, the infra-ordinary, the background noise, the habitual? [ ... ] How are we to speak of these common things, how to track them down, how to flush them out, wrest them from the dross in which they are mired, how to give them meaning, a tongue, to let them, finally, speak of what it is, who we are. Georges Perec, Species of Spaces, 1974.
I have had a longstanding interest in how personal histories, events and relationships can be recorded and remembered through everyday objects, mementos and memorabilia associated with them. I've explored these ideas via drawing, digital technology and the direct use of objects, experimenting with archiving and cataloguing but also exploring ways to enlist the sensory qualities and properties of substances and materials to elicit meaning. Much of my work this year has concentrated on documenting some very ordinary and commonplace objects over short periods of time. Between April and September, the objects discovered in my pockets became the focus of attention, there were a lot of tissues. The subsequent responses, aim to connote what can be articulated of these moments passed, through the correlation between object, material and process. Heather Parnell (2015)