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We see things as they are, but we remember how they used to be. One memory overlaps another as we pull the visual files from our memory in order to comprehend the transformation of the world around us. This work is about documenting the change and movement of objects by recording them at static intervals each representing the mental impression of that object at that precise moment. The idea for this work stemmed from a photograph of me as a child standing in the kitchen of my home-place. In the background of the photograph there was a void where a drawer had been removed from a kitchen unit. Although in this image the drawer is missing, I could recall its presence from my visual memory. This juxtaposition of visual understanding led me to explore the process by which we internalise the external world. I began by identifying my studio space and its contents as an environment of change, an organism which can generate an output of concepts and matter through the input of objects and thought. Each item I add to or remove from my space causes a transformation to its appearance and in turn a constant change in my perception of it. With each change to the visual form of my space my brain creates a mental impression of it, and then when an external element is moved a new mental impression must be taken. [./video]

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