Material: Found buttons, beads, wire on canvas

Size: 20cm x 20cm


About: Human Collective – Age:

The Human Collective of society likes to categorise.

When you don’t give people categories they will create their own.

Whether there are patterns or not our visual cortex will impose patterns on what we see. People will instinctively impose categories when they are faced with large amounts of information. We use categorization as a means to make sense of what is around us. This becomes especially prevalent when we are overwhelmed with too much information or feel vulnerable.

This work explores our need to categorise society by age and  is represented by the tonal range white to black. White is often associated with birth, infancy, purity and innocence whereas black is more frequently associated with death, ageing, fear and guilt. Buttons were chosen in various tonal value to suggest the ageing process of life. The buttons were arranged to show this transition from birth to death. The work questions our present systems and their relevance in our changing world.

Age is one of  the most common questions asked when completing forms.