Object as Container 

Realised with Visual Forensics - a research elective at the Royal College of Art 

This work began with purchasing 200 assorted slides from ebay, categorised as 'People and Places'. From sorting through the collection, Caitlin began to construct narratives based upon the people and places in the images. This process highlighted how these slides could be categorised as both a 'material' and an 'object'. An object in the hands of those with a connection to the people and places in the slides, and a 'material' in the hands of the artist. The fictional character Gwendolyn Peter's was born out of the slides. The creation of Gwendolyn subconsciously involved Caitlin drawing upon her personal family memories, which then provided a structure/skeleton for the fictional character to be positioned within.  

second hand perspective 

_________ was born ____ ___, in  ________       a small mining village in the South Wales valleys.

She was the first daughter of _______        and ______ ______.

She was the eldest of three daughters, -_____- two years younger and _____, three years younger.

Gwendolyn stayed in her hometown of _______  until she began work as a nurse at the age of eighteen at ____ _______ hospital - an hours bus ride away from her parents home. 

Shortly after, she met a young miner called _____ _______ who would eighteen months later become her husband and _____ ______ would become ______ _____. 

Soon after, they has their first child - a boy called ______, followed by two daughters, ______ and _____.

Every summer, ________ and her family would visit the ________ _____, taking her mother and father along too for a week of fresh sea air, days on the beach and hours of shell collecting. 

As _________ family grew up, they continued to this tradition every first week of July. Except her children are now parents and eight grandchildren are also in tow. 

Gwendolyn Peters was born 15th July 1947, in Aberfan a small mining village in the South Wales valleys.

She was the first daughter of  Bryn        and Doris Peters.

She was the eldest of three daughters, Cerys two years younger and Rhiannon three years younger.

Gwendolyn stayed in her hometown of       until she began work as a nurse at the age of eighteen at Glan Cwyd hospital - an hours bus ride away from her parents home. 

Shortly after, she met a young miner called Arthur Jones who would eighteen months later become her husband and Gwendolyn Peters would become Gwendolyn Jones. 

Soon after, they has their first child - a boy called Owen, followed by two daughters, Catherine and Emlyn.

Every summer, Gwendolyn and her family would visit the Pembrokeshire coast, taking her mother and father along too for a week of fresh sea air, days on the beach and hours of shell collecting. 

As Gwendolyn's family grew up, they continued to this tradition every first week of July. Except her children are now parents and eight grandchildren are also in tow. 

first hand perspective 

This personal first hand account from Gwendolyn herself shows the transition in which the slides have undergone. The slides become activated by the written word interior monologue.