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.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The Girl and The Boy (after a year)

A year on, you can see The Girl and The Boy curling at the edges, the blacks have started to fade, the effect of the rain is showing more and more. One of the posters in The Boy has disappeared entirely, another torn, continues to move in the wind. The 'Fun Fair' posters in The Girl have been removed leaving only a faint hint of their existence.

The Girl and The Boy - August 2012

Thursday, 2 August 2012

The Landscape

The Landscape is a site-specific photo installation, selected as part of the public art programme Patio Projects at WW Gallery, Hackney.

The wall of the patio space is transformed into a photographic montage of landscapes. The relationship between the photographs, and how they intercept with the urban landscape of Hackney Downs, is central to the piece, the proximity of one affecting the reading of the other. Through use of a perspex mirror, the passer by can see themselves simultaneously in both environments. 

The exhibition runs from 2 August - 2 September 2012, and is open 24/7.

 Installing The Landscape at WW Patio Projects