Friday September 7th – Sunday October 7th, 2012
Digital Photographic prints varying in size from approx. 50 x 30cm to 100 x 50cm
A line of beeps was born from a need to dissect and understand the emotions and thoughts raised by a recent terminal diagnosis of a close relative. The images are a representation of my literal need of trying to make sense of something as arbitrary and random as death, by placing the buttons in an ordered and systematic manner.
The buttons in this instance represent the life of a person and their collected memories and experiences, gathered over a life time. They are arranged in a manner to emulate a scientific photographic document, with the specimens (the buttons) laid in a regular order and held in place on a display board with authentic pins.
I have found over the years, through talking to friends and family that I was not alone in recalling memories of playing as a child with a button collection. It seems that the old button collection kept in a jar or tin box is an item common in many households. Some of these collections have even been purchased from the internet, such is the prevalence of these collections. Therefore these photographs could be about any person or every person.