Approved: 08.03.2013

Lindsay Norton

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Approved: 08.03.2013

In my work I am interested in exploring ideas about how culture and natural history are visualised, and how they circulate in society, in particular through museums. The museum operates as a monument to the removal of objects from their cultural context; I use these systems against themselves as a way of challenging received wisdom about the way things are. I show a concern for the ways in which cultural

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Artist Statement

In my work I am interested in exploring ideas about how culture and natural history are visualised, and how they circulate in society, in particular through museums. The museum operates as a monument to the removal of objects from their cultural context; I use these systems against themselves as a way of challenging received wisdom about the way things are. I show a concern for the ways in which cultural objects and symbols are ordered in displays, which frequently ignore their own historical and cultural specificity in the context in which they are shown. For my latest project, 'A Museological Documentation of the South East Coast' I have travelled around the coast collecting debris discarded on the beaches. This body of work pays particular reference to the pollutions of the Oceans and the ever-growing garbage patches. The garbage patches are huge masses of debris, mainly formed from plastic, swirling in the Pacific, North Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Making art out of fieldwork, I incorporate elements of biology, archaeology, and the history of science and then apply this to artwork methodologies generally used in science and museology. I have brought together objects that have no real relation in function, but have been juxtaposed into a category. This ordering and categorising of the extremes brings together things that have no relation to each other in a similar way to the Chinese Encyclopedia of animals. The objects are linked by consequence and have been placed into a neutral space. Foucault discusses this concept in his book 'The Order of Things'. 'Homogeneous and neutral space in which things could be placed so as to display at the same time the continuous order of their identities or differences as well as the semantic field of their denomination'.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2013 - BA in Fine Art, University of Kent, Canterbury 2012 - Foundation Degree in Photography, University of Kent, Canterbury Group exhibitions 2012 - Making Connections, Kings College Hospital, London