Objects of intimacy (2011)

A person’s pillow is their most intimate object. For this project I have photographed 5 pillows from 5 different people. Each pillow is at a different stage of transformation relative to its age and frequency of use.

With these images I aim to show something that is generally hidden. To view them is to see a part of the owner; the history is the relationship between the owner and the object. The pillow is moulded and transformed by the markings of bodily fluids so it becomes as individual and distinctive as that of a fingerprint. It is no longer an innate manufactured object, but is now impregnated with life and mutation.

Each pillow was photographed in the same manner a forensic scientist may examine criminal evidence. The hidden and discreet is now open for public close study. When an individual’s pillow is relieved publicly, it causes a sensation of embarrassment and shame. In our culture, the exertion of bodily fluids is considered distasteful. This is especially true when it may be associated to sleeping in one’s bed (unlike what one may do in the bathroom.) Like other forms of perverse viewing, it is for this reason we find pleasure in viewing it. We are all able to relate to this phenomenon, as each of us owns a pillow as we do underwear or any other object of intimate privacy.

Our reception is created in the mind's eye, we imagine what we cannot see, that which only existed in the past. We find it somehow disturbing, yet fascinating, as it is one human occurrence that unites us and emphases that in the end, we are just merely human.