The Remains of a Day - Eleanor Henley

Inspiration details:

Breathless

Sculptural installation

London, England (made)

2001 (made)

Parker, Cornelia, born 1956 (maker)

Silver-plated brass wind instruments, flattened and suspended on stainless steel wire

V&A collection reference number(s):
A.6:1 to 54-2005

Artist Statement

Eleanor Henley

I have been inspired by this piece in the V&A’s collection for its use of found objects, its unique placement in the space and the contradictory associations, such as death/resurrection, which are embedded in it. I understand most museums’ usual function is to preserve the fragile remains of past and contemporary culture and display them in such a way as to encourage the viewer to put value and significance on often tiny, partial fragments. These may be valuable and rare, but can also be broken and incomplete. These themes coincide with my own preoccupations in my creative work (mainly in printmaking), which explores and records broken, torn, even war torn, objects evidencing abandonment, erosion and possibly loss. I have been fascinated by, for instance, abandoned mining machinery in Cornwall, or storm destroyed natural phenomenon and I have recorded them in drawing, watercolours and prints.
My current printmaking tutor at Morley College has encouraged a more experimental approach to printmaking using found objects and collographs made of unusual materials. The torn, abandoned, and discarded stuff we use in everyday situations were my starting points for this piece. ‘Instant meals’ aluminium dishes are meant to be discarded after use. I crushed them in the press and then printed on top of prints of discarded and torn cloth. I wanted to present these vestigial images in such a way as be reminders of display cabinets of broken fragments in museums. The combination of cloth and dishes also has an association with past or disrupted meal times: the ‘remains of a day’ could have peaceful or violent resonances.

The Remains of a Day - Eleanor Henley

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Inspiration details:

Breathless

Sculptural installation

London, England (made)

2001 (made)

Parker, Cornelia, born 1956 (maker)

Silver-plated brass wind instruments, flattened and suspended on stainless steel wire

V&A collection reference number(s):
A.6:1 to 54-2005

2015 Exhibition Guide

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