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Susan Andrews
Margery’s: A Photographic Essay of Intimate Relationships in the Home

Conference contribution

Domestic Encounters: 1400 to the Present
Postgraduate Research Day
AHRC Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior
Royal College of Art, London

March 14, 2005

paper: Margery’s: A Photographic Essay of Intimate Relationships in the Home

Slideshow: Susan Andrews - Margery’s: A Photographic Essay of Intimate Relationships in the Home

Margery's - accompanying notes

Domestic Encounters - programme and abstracts

This work is an eploration of the interior of Margery’s home. It examines her domestic environment and possessions and how they reveal insights into her history, lifestyle and beliefs. It explores how homes become "containers of time". It is concerned with the representation of the individual through the scrutiny of the domestic environment.

The work also looks at Margery’s relationship with this space through a series of portraits taken within the home. Some of the topics investigated in the presented paper included:

- The photograph - how significance is conferred on the subject, inviting us to look and scrutinise.
- How the photographer’s intention and the photographic aesthetic alters meaning.
- Hidden, secret areas of the home - how the occupant is revealed through domestic objects, conveying multi-sensory experiences.
- The outside/inside and public/private dynamic.
- The window as means of observing the wilder, exterior world whilst maintaining distance and control.
- Everyday practices and the material culture of intimacy, the sentimental value of objects/heirlooms.
- Traces of people and things, the process of forgetting and remembering, the passage of time and memory.
- The photograph as a record and mnemonic device, triggering story telling and histories.

Further Dissemination:

October 1 - November 28, 2003
Site Seeing, Hothouse Gallery, London
extract in group show

2005
AHRC Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior
Domestic Interiors Database
ten images from the body of work

view the Domestic Interiors Database

November 7 - 25, 2005
The Collectors, The Great Eastern Hotel, London
projection installation of the work

November 24 - December 10, 2005
Interior Insights Royal College of Art, London
Photographic exhibition held in conjunction with Interior Insights symposium

visit the Interior Insights website

Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior Newsletter, Spring 2005

The work is being further developed, in conjunction with an oral history, for book publication.


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