About the artist

The Archivist constantly faces inescapable conflicts between the promise of order and the will to connect what cannot be connected. My practice is situated between museological strategies and genealogical and taxonomic investigations. After being diagnosed with a rare auto-immune condition known as The Silk Road Disease, I have utilised my obsession of collecting, archiving, and categorising to try and find connections between the Devonshire Dairy Farm that has remained in my family for 200 years, and the ancient trade route that linked China to The West. By working systematically with found objects and catalogued documents, I am able to embed my immediate and accessible history with meanings associated with my geographically and historically distant ancestral routes. I seek to appropriate and find new knowledge systems – much like institutions such as the museum and library – in an attempt to make sense of this strange and wonderful connection.

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