I made Domus as an investigation into the material culture and personal affects of our domestic environments; to look at the nature of what we call ‘home’. The work seeks the commonplace and the largely unnoticed objects of domesticity to find an aesthetic in the ordinary and everyday aspects of people’s lives. Bachelard suggests that our house is our corner of the world and each of us adopt mechanisms by which we each choose to furnish and decorate, to keep, to display and to throw away the multitude of possessions that we accumulate. Meaning can be assigned to personal objects through memories. Our experiences may result in the development of taste, which in turn, plays a part in the choices that we make about presentation of our lives in our homes.
As a visual document of the nature of our time, this work also offers us a record of our time. It contains evidence of the memories of the past and the styles of the present. It becomes a reference for the future; a document of historical, cultural, sociological and aesthetical interest.
Sian Gouldstone was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire and is currently based in Manchester, UK. Having never picked up a camera until 2005, she has since completed a BA in Documentary and Fine Art Photography and graduated with a distinction from her MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths College in September 2010. Sian has exhibited at locations across the UK and currently lectures at The Manchester College. www.siangouldstone.co.uk
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