Concepts of Materiality
There is no thing, human or nonhuman, that does not partake in communication. Every thing acts as a storyteller. “The Force of Things” by Jane Bennett heavily informed this sculptural exploration of materiality. In her essay, she details a collection of items found on the street: “one large men’s black plastic work glove, one dense mat of oak pollen, one unblemished dead rat, one white plastic bottle cap, one smooth stick of wood.” She fixated on these objects that had gathered together. Were they litter and trash or more than that? Could they exist beyond their associations with humanity, habits, or projections? The more she looked at this odd assemblage, the objects began to appear as things, or in her words, “as vivid entities not entirely reducible to the contexts in which (human) subjects set them, never entirely exhausted by their semiotics.” The function of an object, the means of production, the materiality of that thing – all piece together to craft a bigger story. This then begs the question, does the subject craft the narrative around the object or does the object convey a message about the subject?
2019, sculptures and photography by Hope Lennox