• I have been casting brass door knobs in various materials. I chose the doorknob initially as I was given a bag of them at the dump.  Although this was unintentional, this domestic object fascinates me.  Referring to Bachelard got me thinking of our eyeline as we view the doorknob from childhood to adulthood.  As a child, it is our height and as we grow it lowers from our eyeline. I was interested perhaps of placing the doorknobs at my present eyeline and presenting them but this felt too static and predictable.
  • “The feel of the tiniest latch has remained in our hands.” (Bachelard: 1994: 15) – I thought of the traces of memory that can be held in this simple object and have begun to take swabs from the surfaces of the doorknobs and other surfaces in my house
  • wax, wax and material, plaster, jelly, agar and resin
  • I had an idea to project a film so that it played on the face of the door knob
  • If I could attach the door knob to a real door and place at a distorted angle I could set up a projector behind the door
  • the wax casts do not show image clearly enough
  •  – perhaps try polishing face with white spirit
  • made resin casts – yet cast was bubbled and didn’t show image clearly either
  • have made numerous resin casts now and have had to make an inner wax shape to create a hollow resin door knob
  • it is a long process!
  • buy premade ones – yet all seem solid
  • Using the theme of ‘home’ which my dissertation is based upon, I refer to ‘The Wizard of Oz’. In particular the final scene of Dorothy awaking back in Kansas.

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“There’s no place like Home, there’s no place like home

But it wasn’t a dream, it was a place. And you, and you, and you….and you were there.  But you couldn’t have been, could you? “(Fleming: 1939)

  • I have edited the film to add a circular frame – shown on a separate post