Squashed paperclips, dirt, display cases, paper, ink & folder
(2001) - 2006 - ongoing
These paperclips were found on the floor of a medical records library having fallen from the files. Once on the floor they are gradually flattened and mangled by being repeatedly caught underneath the shelves as they move along rails. Some of them will have been there for years - some only days.
I began collecting the squashed paperclips because I was curious about what they were and the amazing twisted shapes they became. I saw a parallel between the paperclips, having at one time been identical, perfect and useful, and the patients (from whose notes the paperclips fell) having all been documented first as babies, then aging and going through all the experiences that make us distinctive. This raised interesting questions for me about our inherent uniqueness, purpose and value.