A public art project by artist Kate Elliott

This project derives from an archive of over 100 family photos, the earliest of which dates from the turn of the nineteenth century. They had been discarded in a skip in Belsize Park, North London, where they were discovered by Shar Camilleri in early 2010.

It is a project about time. I am less concerned with the individual story behind each of the images, but more with a generic identity, that can be explored and extended according to the different experiences of everyone who sees them.

Drawing on universal feelings of loss, nostalgia, melancholy and hope, I take these photographs from their original and unknown context in the hope of creating new personal and intertwining narratives, individual to each image.

While we are all connected by our personal memories, as well as by our ability to dream, we also crave a sense of belonging, and are pre-occupied with a continual and possibly never-ending search for identity in and through the lives of others.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

The Girl and The Boy (after eight months)

Eight months on, the 'discover amazing talents in your local area' posters have disappeared from The Girl, and one image in The Boy has started to fall away. With the lower half of the image no longer there, the remaining piece moves in the wind, the boy still looking ahead. 

The Girl and The Boy - April 2012

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

The Girl and The Boy (after seven months)

Seven months on, the shop at Hackney Downs junction has changed, and two small posters have been added to The Girl - 'discover amazing talents in your local area'. The Boy remains untouched. 

The Girl and The Boy - March 2012