ON: ARTISTS ON TRAINS
The subject of luggage and particularly unattended bags has taken
on a whole new context after the series of terrorist activities
on public transport. The idea of investigating the contents of people's
luggage was influenced by the bombings in London last summer. I
wanted to research the whole question of what travellers choose
to carry with them in their luggage and how much the contents reveal
about the intimacies woven through their lives, exposing their identity.
aquired two abandoned bags from which I made two asseblages. I tried
to reveal and yet conceal the cotents and the identity of the owner.
While woking with the contents of the bages I became aware that
I had to question my motives, my response to the items and the ease
with which I stereotyped the owners ' personalities and lifestyle.
The experience of making the work has raised so many questions.
Dutton January 2006