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Machine

Machine

Machine

Lily Ashrowan

My photographic project "Machine" explores the issue of security, social order and a sense of belonging. The work documents a temporary sculpture which I made using a number of items scavenged from beaches, skips and the roadside. I wanted to give these items a new purpose, arranging them into regular shelves, straight lines and boxes; giving them a collective identity. Conceptually what I wanted to demonstrate was how each object retained its individuality but still belonged to the bigger picture, the same way we as humans retain a personal identity whilst contributing to society. In this way it was quite a positive, personal exploration, into finding the balance between who I am as an individual and artist, and the infrastructure in which I exist (school, family life and even wider society). The photographs are also very dark and moody as I wanted to reference the more negative sides to social order, as society tries to regulate and categorize people, for example within the school system where you are segregated according to age, intelligence and subject. Categorizing people in this way often dismisses peoples individuality, just as it is hard to see each object for what it is within my images.  

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Ecstasy

Ecstasy

This Has To Be Real

This Has To Be Real