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Kaitlin Read

MA Fine Art

My current research explores the conceptualisation of the ‘home’ as a secluded and private space, guarded by walls and locked doors, where memories, personalities and identities are being developed and internalised. Adopting methodologies similar to that of an anthropologist, I have employed a rigorous observation into the mundane, scrutinising the familiar to the point where even the known becomes peculiar. Working with Sigmund Freud’s theory of the ‘uncanny’, my practice refers to the estranged sense of encountering something familiar yet threatening within the boundaries of intimate and enclosed spaces. Objects inside and outside of the ‘home’ are conjured up in a bid to confirm our experience of belonging in a physical world, where our reality is determined by an order of objects that appear before us in different environments. My Master’s research examines the vulnerability of the concept of ‘home’ and the ways in which forgotten fragments of the everyday disseminated in our local streets can disturb once they have been brought inside. Social constructs create a strict segregation between what belongs to the internal and what should remain external. However, I am intrigued by the possibility of what might occur when these lines are blurred and objects are tampered with.​

Kaitlin Read work at the NUA MA Degree Show 2017
Kaitlin Read work at the NUA MA Degree Show 2017
Kaitlin Read work at the NUA MA Degree Show 2017
MA Catalogue imagery by Amy Ollett at Norwich University of the Arts

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