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simon ward photo - guardians

Untitled #1
2007, Archival digital C-type print.
simon ward photo - guardians

Untitled #2
2007, Archival digital C-type print.
simon ward photo - guardians

Untitled #3
2007, Archival digital C-type print.

simon ward photo - guardians

Untitled #4
2007, Archival digital C-type print.

simon ward photo - guardians

Untitled #5
2007, Archival digital C-type print.
simon ward photo - guardians

Untitled #6
2007, Archival digital C-type print.

still life

signs

purificator

guardians

holly

memorial

the calvaria

vanitas

after-life

 

work in progress

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"Working at night, the darkened room is illuminated by a projection of light. A flatbed scanner becomes the artist’s tool for representation. The process involves the act of placing each object in direct contact with the cleaned transparent surface of the scanner. An indexical trace is recorded by the passing beam of light resulting in an image of meticulous detail and clarity, suspended within a dark relief.

In revisiting his project, The ‘Guardians’ Simon researches further objects of mourning. This involves collecting toys left at children’s memorials, each one scanned and replaced in its identical position. The objects function as an attempt to compensate for the loss by creating something tangible, a receptacle for the placing of memories. We may question the object, the life of the object, a favourite toy, a transitional object a figure selected allowing for identity. The emotionally charged objects float seductively against a black void, reflecting a sense of detachment and mourning. The unkempt teddies themselves show a passage of time. The faded and weathered figures absorbed by the surrounding environment, slowly disintegrating into the earth, the plastic figurative characters embody within them a sense of resurrection and aspiration."

Whitecross Gallery 29.02.2009