10 – Collate language


INCAPACITATE - prevent from functioning in a normal way
Value. Aesthetic beauty/ appeal. Worthless Self - portrait. Textiles.  Furniture. 
Children’s toys. Identity. Vintage fabrics. Safety. Warmth. Security. Comfort. 
Maternal deprivation. Social isolation. Attachment. Separation anxiety. Distress.
Frightened. Proximity. Protection. Dependable. Secure. Object. Real. Useful. 
Nan’s old sheets. Space, Order. Chaos. Boundaries. Overcrowded. Dense. 
Camouflage. Possessions. Purpose. Rescue. Despair. Loneliness. Self induced. 
Repress. Intimate connection. Consequences. Disarray. cobwebs. Dust. Stacks. 
Piles. Clutter. Unorganised. Time Capsule. Treasure. Conflict. Escape. 
Environmental Psychology. Proxemics. Crowding. Personal Space. territoriality. 
Mushrooms. Polka Dots. Privacy. Solitude. Control. Claustrophobia. Anger, 
Frustration, Immobility. Torn. Crumpled. Domestic. Oversized. Undersized. 
Walk-in object. Helpless. Recycle. Useless. Waste. Conserve. Function.

These things have to come back to life. 

My collection isn’t structured. It’s drawn from things I come across, as opposed 
to things I hunt out.

You’re spelunking  through people’s subconscious. 

You can never deny that initial  thrill of when you pull up to the car park not 
knowing what you might find. 

The  desperate regret and feeling of loss, the memories are all I have left, 
that feeling of comfort and joy I felt at owning such treasures. 

I just see myself as the curator or collector of  the work. I’m not the author.

These objects provide insight  into the inspirations, influences, motives, and 
obsessions of their owners.

The  aesthetic and psychological dimensions of collecting.

Items which transport us back to childhood.

The relationship between objects, space and the way that makes one feel.
Early attachments were the result of receiving comfort and care from a caregiver.

Demonstrated how such bonds emerge and the powerful impact they have 
on behaviour and functioning.

2 or more things together create something bigger than the sum of their parts. 

Attachment theory is focused on the relationships and bonds between people, 
particularly long-term relationships including those between a parent and child 
and between romantic partners.

“Lasting psychological connectedness between human beings.”

Attachment is an emotional bond to another person.

Bowlby believed that the earliest bonds formed by children with their 
caregivers have a tremendous impact that continues throughout life.

He suggested attachment also serves to keep the infant close to the mother,
thus improving the child’s chances of survival. 

Born with an innate drive to form attachments with caregivers.

A conversation between objects and space. 

Form unhealthy attachments to objects. 

A project which sets objects in dialogue with one another and with the spaces 
around them.

A fetish, in particular the sense of a technical, psychological explanation, is 
an object that takes the place of normal human relations. 

It’s a predisposition, sensitivity or an emotional vulnerability in a person and 
if that person is brought up in a harsh environment soon the fetish world comes 
along offering a solution.

Transported back to childhood.  

The visual representation of the space between visions and thoughts.

“tested by poverty, addiction and being sold short of the better things in life.”   Richard Billingham

Able to imbue domestic objects and processes with value, and power. 

Surrealism, with its interest in hasard objectif, and found objects, opened up 
art to the everyday (think of Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’), taking it out of the closed 
world of the male-dominated studio. 
To me it's all beautiful and useful. En masse it is neither beautiful nor useful. Trying to retrieve one item from the hoard is like searching for a needle in a 
haystack. I know it's there, I can see it glinting, but I cannot reach it to see 
its' beauty or to let it fulfil its' purpose. 
To me and others the barrier created is obvious, visible, tactile. But the 
barriers in my own mind which prevent its' removal are only apparent to me. 
It is a direct study of the relationship between an environment and how that 
environment affects the behaviour of its inhabitants, with the aim of maximising 
the positive affects of this relationship.
Arranged "to move the viewer through them and through the space surrounding them" 

Collected one by one over many years the works in this apartment take us on a 
journey through one man’s life and spirit. Like a private diary so intimate and 
personal, this collection is a mirror of the man. It calls into question what 
collecting really means in today’s world.’  

It is about the formal qualities of space and the vanishing point; at the same 
time Square Depression represents the spatial construction of a psychological 
state below the level of the vanishing point. 

the role of the body as a medium, and space and the body's interplay with it. 
Nauman's architecture-related projects anticipate and incorporate the movements 
of the viewer, who reacts to the projects. 

ability to make a decision, to face the situation at hand, and to assume 
responsibility for themselves.
“We comfort ourselves by reliving memories of protection. Something closed must 
retain our memories, while leaving them their original value as images. Memories 
of the outside world will never have the same tonality as those of home and, by 
recalling these memories, we add to our store of dreams; we are never real
 historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an 
expression of a poetry that was lost.”
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

“Of course, thanks to the house, a great many of our memories are housed, and 
if the house is a bit elaborate, if it has a cellar and a garret, nooks and 
corridors, our memories have refuges that are all the more clearly delineated. 
All our lives we come back to them in our daydreams. A psychoanalyst should, 
therefore, turn his attention to this simple localization of our memories. I 
should like to give the name of topoanalysis to this auxiliary of psychoanalysis. 
      Topoanalysis, then would be the systematic psychological study of the site   of our 
intimate lives.”
- Gaston Bachelard

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