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Dad, dead

Steel, brass, various woods, thread (2009)

7 x 4 x 30cm + suspension

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These are hand-made facsimiles, in miniature, of some of my father's tools. He was a carpenter and died some years ago. I made the tools to be as authentic as possible, using the same materials and construction methods as the full-sized article. The relationship between my father and I was much less straightforward than the artifacts might suggest, and this piece is a way of probing the variation between memories and reality. This is only partly reflected in the objects themselves; the dichotomy is drawn, in the air, with the thread.

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