'Debris' is a set of 83 prints of objects collected by, and then deaccessioned from, the National Trust of Western Australia. A single sheet of graphite transfer paper was used to trace a selection of photographs documenting the 6,000 objects, before they were sold through a total clearance public auction (2007). By reducing these objects to an ever-fracturing and disappearing outline, this work seeks to amplify notions of transience and distance inherent to my experience of these objects. Through Debris, I seek to draw attention to the boundary which separates the collection and the outside world, at the moment it falters.
Many thanks to the Director of the National Trust of WA, Sarah Murphy, for her openness to discuss the project and allow access to the image archive.
'Debris' was selected in the Fremantle Print Award for 2017.