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Nick Sellek, Plasticine Family
Nick Sellek, Plasticine Family
Nick Sellek, Plasticine Family

Plasticine Family

C-Prints
2003

Plasticine Family is an investigation into the family photograph and the notion of family life in relation to memory.

Long-term memories can be so unreliable, we see family photographs of our childhood and derive an almost fictional past due to a lack of factual information. Our memorabilia only seems to depict a successful and joyous sequence of events celebrated by a family, void of any unhappy moments.

The plasticine models are a lighthearted and almost child like approach to delving further into a single family photograph. Making a two-dimensional photograph into an almost virtual existence based on information within the original photograph and physical environments that still exist.

Photographing the model and taking the scene back to a two-dimensional form and replacing the real people with the ageless, blank and nostalgic models, simplifies the original picture but injects it with an intriguing depth, allowing the viewer to adapt the scenario to match their own vague memories.

The plasticine models were derived from a dream that was one of the first I could recall from childhood. This led me to investigate my memories and past in this way.