Found

I went to visit one of my favourite museums to see the exhibition Found, curated by Cornelia Parker at the Foundling Museum.

Rachel Whiteread – Bronze shoe heel and instep

 

The exhibition involves nearly sixty artists, each of whom has contributed a single ‘found’ item – either ‘found’ in terms of a revelation it prompted within their own work and practice, or an object possessing special meaning for them that they discovered and were compelled to keep.

“A few months before his own death he showed me one of the sticks that he used to stir his paint when he decorated the house. He had cut the end off with a saw, revealing many concentric rings of paint that had accumulated over the years. It seemed as though he had exhausted the possibilities of his photographs and wanted to find a new way on looking back on his life. I found myself looking back on my own past too – when I scrutinised the layers of paint I started to recognise the colours of my childhood. I saw the greyish green of our 1950s kitchen cupboards and the bright orange that covered the walls of our hallway in the 1960s. I realised that this paint-covered scrap of wood, less than 3 centimetres in diameter, was a record of more than 60 years of a family’s history.”

John Smith

The Tokens

Tokens given by mothers to their children on leaving them at the Foundling Hospital. 18th Century

 

 

 

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About Shelley Morrow

Since 2011 I have been predominantly a figurative artist with an interest in conveying expression, movement and gesture. I take the drawings I make and explore them through various processes, particularly embroidery, textiles and etchings. I graduated with a BA in Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in 1990 and currently taking my MA in Fine Art at Brighton University. I also work at Draw in Brighton, running and teaching Life Drawing sessions
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