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David Hayes

Glass and Ceramics | Class of 2020

Looking Back to Look Forward: The Rose-Tinted Lens of Middle Age

This exhibition is a visualisation of middle age reflectivity. The conceptual basis of my work is rooted in being able to view life through a rose-tinted lens, a reconstruction of key objects from a teenage bedroom, viewed through the reflective lens of middle age. Being able to re-examine objects via the lens of lived experience places a different emphasis on them, which people may relate to, or equate their own capacity for reflection to. The limitation of space in the world and the relative degree of expansion that this has seen in moving from youth to married man with three girls and a house full of objects, ensures a reinterpretation of the past, encouraging an appreciation of past, present and future simultaneously. The lighting is such that it illuminates the past as complete, the present as a concept where we look through rose tinted lenses and a future, yet unknown, provides a means of contemplation, hope and anticipation. In terms of a life lived, it emphasises temporality as we collectively move towards our inevitable end, whenever it might be.

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