Sara J. Winston
Familiar materials have specific uses and life expectancies that add structure and comfort to daily procedures. My work explores what else we can know about these mundane items by looking at them after they have served their common purpose. The core of my work reveals the infinitely varied roles, forms, placements, uses, and colors of banal, often ephemeral, and sometimes grotesque materials to emphasize their agency, omnipresence, and flexibility of material culture artifacts in daily life.
Possessions is a series of photographs that proposes the history of materials-- both organic and inorganic-- is malleable and fictitious. When removed from their totality, mundane objects become magnificent and prized. My process requires the avid acquisition of used materials from my apartment and the city sidewalks. These found artifacts are repurposed, analyzed, rearranged, and photographed in a contrived context.