‘Traces’ are images of old letters and books which were collected from house clearances and explore concepts of the lost and the forgotten, what a stranger leaves behind, traces of time, memory, and presence.
I have collected the letters and books from house clearances, I have no prior knowledge of their owners. The information I have gathered has all been learnt through the objects themselves.
The objects are what is left behind from a stranger’s life. I think the power lies in what is not revealed, allowing the viewer to use their own experiences to relate to them. These letters and books are objects that are familiar and recognisable to us all and allow us to use our own memories and our own identity to relate to the work.