Julia Flatman, Senior Associate Lecturer, School of Visual Arts
Inspired by my grandmother who was an avid collector of pill boxes I was interested in how everyday items end up in museum collections. What determines if an object is worthy of preserving and displaying? Is it value due to age, ownership or what it can tell us of our culture?
These personal keepsakes, charged with memory, indicate an obsessive collection of one type of object, they speak not only of the person but also of a culture. Their individual value in unknown but once part of a collection the artefacts afford a status greater than their individual parts.
By recording them as photographs in a grid and displaying them ‘on mass’ they loose their personal qualities and take on an institutional format.