The trace of everyday life: the interpretation of the déjà vu experience in sculptural installation

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A practice-based PhD research at Chelsea College of Arts that engages with fine art, which examines the use of déjà vu as an artistic strategy of ‘affect’, in relation to the spatial and temporal displacement associated with déjà vu and unheimlich (i.e. uncanny /unhomely). This develops my current studio practice: sculptural pieces that take their form from domestic objects and furniture to evoke ideas of absence and presence. My practices informed by a sense of being away from home, and how feelings of déjà vu have found material expression through my own sculpture. I connect feelings of déjà vu with the issue of an unstable image, which relates to an ambiguity of location. The research will contribute to the theoretical understanding of déjà vu and the uncanny from the perspective of fine art, and how psychological symbols utilized in sculptural practice. This will engage the dynamic between thinking and making, and how through the materiality of sculpture concepts of absence and presence can be addressed.

Key words: déjà vu, uncanny, home, domestic objects, displacement, absence and presence, fine art, sculpture. 

Untitled (photo frame), 2020
Plaster, glasswax
Size variable