The focus of this work is the exploration of the shifting landscape of cultural memory within the archive, as methods of preservation are shifted to exist within the volatile digital realm. Items cherished and archived today are kept digitally as data stored on servers. They are disposable objects and therefore ephemeral.
By examining abandoned objects discarded on the street and the aesthetic of litter floating around the city like perverse confetti, the loss of traditional methods of preservation and the disposability of corporeal memorabilia is examined. Through anachronistic mediums such as film photography and copper etching, these items are depicted with painstaking care, lending them a permanence they have long since lost.
Influenced by Hito Steyerl’s collection of essays 'The Wretched of the Screen' (2012), Fiona explores the convergence of digital and physical culture, manifesting in these defunct and rotting objects. Looking at them as the inverse of the archive, the dark matter of our lives that we actively forget.