In the same way that dryer lint is a remnant of the clothes you’ve washed, photographs can be remnants of your memories (especially when you leave a photo in your pocket when you do laundry!). So it makes sense that artist Tonya Corkey explores memory and photography in this stunning series of portraits made from dryer lint called “See you in yhe future.”
My work hybridizes the discarded material of lint with the second hand image – the iconic school photograph – to conceptualize my interests. Materiality conceptually layers the work. As a byproduct of society, lint consists of fibers, hair, dead skin and other debris, and thus directly referencing people and their daily activity. Lint and cast off photographs are both discarded materials – materials that reflect the idea of a decaying memory. Our desire for memory in absence is triggered by sensations of smell and touch, a trait of my work.
[via Junk Culture]