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A Shrine to Our Precious Things

A Shrine to Our Precious Things

Online collaborative artwork using digital images.

Meadow Arts commission (2015)

A digital artwork inspired by the precious things at Croft Castle & Parkland.

The interior of Croft Castle holds many precious things: each is carefully cared for by curators, staff and volunteers from the National Trust, kept as perfectly as is possible for the benefit of future visitors to this atmospheric stately home.

As Rebecca Farkas collected images of the objects in the castle's interior for the projection Thereby Hangs a Tale, she began to think about her own possessions and, by extension, those of everyone else she knew and didn't know.

"We all keep things that mean something special to ourselves. Whether it is a trinket that holds sentimental value, a gift from a sweetheart, a small thing someone made for us once, a nostalgic item from a trip once made, or a treasure that simply reminds us...

A Shrine to Our Precious Things invites you to send a photograph and/ or the story of an object you hold dear, to add to an online artwork. The combined images and stories posted on the website will become a digital artwork that we have all contributed to."

Email your image and/or story to precious.shrine@gmail.com

Twitter @OurShrine    ourpreciousthings.wordpress.com

Rebecca Farkas

Rebecca Farkas uses light to transform the most prosaic of materials into images of artificial beauty, exploring the duality between what is seen and how the image was created. Farkas investigates colour, light and material through photography, video and installation art, transforming spaces and finding new ways of seeing the everyday.

During her artist's residency at Croft the public had a chance to witness how Farkas achieves these transformations and to follow the process used in the making of the work; at once technically complex and deceptively simple.

Farkas grew up on a range of travelling circuses and settled in Herefordshire in 2005, before attaining a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. The circus has had a huge influence on her artistic practice and explains her attraction to light, colour and the power of transformation.