Thursday, 19 November 2009

New Memory


One Shot piece.

This is a work in progress, exploring performative, and somewhat, ritualistic processes, in which to transform unwanted connotations with objects and by using various mediums in which to create these 'new memories'. The process itself poses many problems and contradictions to the intended outcome. However, i feel this crisis that constantly appears with performance and relational art plays a huge part in my work, and it what drives me to explore further.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009


Thinking back over my time in Cambodia had recently prompted a memory that i can only imagine I had suppressed for good reason.
I chose to illustrate this text with an image taken that very night, of the Khmer New Year.
For me this photograph is the marking, the pinnacle, of which i got to know my brothers partner whom had, for her whole life, lived in Cambodia.

Having always grown up in a rural area of Cambodia, it was inevitable that the story she told me, of a half-human half-demon, was to be believed greatly by her, as her mother swears by an encounter of this creature.
Having a general fear of anything paranormal, i felt myself becoming increasingly uncomfortable as i was gaining more information about this 'being'. With this feeling not being helped by knowing i was practically in the jungle , the middle of nowhere with a culture I hadn't quite grasped yet, I could foresee my imagination starting to run wild.

So that's what leads to the relevance of this image. It was taken at a time when we were just finishing setting up the table of gifts for Buddha, a few minutes before my encounter with this story.

Interesting to find that just a single image can be effect our pattern of thinking. But I suppose this could be considered and applied to many aspects of everyday life.

This is some interesting reading of the subject mentioned:
http://seserak.blogspot.com/2005/12/sorcery-in-cambodia-little-perspective.html

Truman Brewery and Ameila's Magazine



http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/art/free-range-2009-photography-yo/2009/06/16/
Final Piece at UCA Degree Show and Exhibition at the Truman Brewery

www.cassandravervoort.com








Progression of work leading up to final piece.
Introducing wig to constructed meetings, and documenting the effects of this object. Before and after images give grounds for artist to see if an equilibrium has been restored after initial reactions have taken place.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Perec, Approaches to What?

By recently discovering Georges Perec's, Approaches to What?, the thought provoking text has driven me to carry on producing more photographic images, with this 'punctum' leading us to the rediscovered and defining point of a subject we often have no recollection of overlooking, or even feel we have reason to. These parts have become embedded in our lives, and their provenance, difficult to detect.