Monday, 31 March 2008

The Museum fo Objects of Vertu

The Museum for Objects of Vertu is possibly the smallest museum in the world ! and it's in my studio. The museum is 2m square and holds my collection of other peoples' memories and possesions . It is candle-lit , mysterious and not everything can be seen properly. This is exactly how a museum should be.
I have been collecting objects which were once loved or well used for a long time now. It is the intimacy of some of these objects which I find compelling ;the bits and bobs that get pushed to the back of a dressing table drawer, that then find their way to a flea market (still in the drawer) ,or small lengths of thread carefully wrapped around paper for when they might be useful. All the seemingly unimportant bits of ephemera that we keep , and the reasons we keep it , form a framework to our lives which is hidden to the rest of the world. The museum is like a modern Memento Hominem ,a collection of objects that remember us.

The Powdered Dress
poison bottle,textile fragments,childs spoon

from "Sweetest Tongue "
jewellery box,wasps nest,pen nibs,pins

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