Ephemera / i-fem-uh ruh / ● pl. n. items of short lived interest or useful ness.
■ORIGIN Greek. ‘Things lasting only a day’.
Aidon Westcott’s work explores fragments of a former culture through the use of ephemera, memorabilia and found objects from yesteryear. His work explores the use of mixed media techniques such as collage, photomontage and found objects, which invest new and continually shifting meaning and interpretations for each individual.
The individual essence of the materials and nature of the found objects selected by the artist, play an important part in creating the mood and atmosphere for each artwork. Through exploring the nature of the materials and the aesthetic structure of the objects selected; the materials urge the viewer to search for a common denominator amongst the odd mixture of ephemera.
The term Ephemera covers a wide range of transitory written or printed documents including leaflets, handbills, tickets, trade cards, programs, playbills, printed tins, packaging, adverts, posters, postcards photographs and newspapers.
These documents are not intended to be retained or preserved but each item reflects the moods or mores of past time in a way that formal records cannot. These minor transient documents of everyday life serve as evocative reminders of the past.
The objects carry a reality of their own which owe their presence to human action and purpose. They are the remains of a past, broken-down system or culture. These materials are deeply rooted in human consciousness. They are deeply rooted in a society that’s consumed by trying to find itself through the pre occupation with things and inanimate objects. A society ruled by the false self, the collective ego. The artist explores the psychological realm through which we perceive the exterior world and the neglect of our own inner self.
The fish as symbols themselves are products of the emotions (sea) and intuition (freshwater), so fish can be symbolic of the world of symbols, in contrast with the purely materialistic earthbound approach to life. Fish are the treasures of the waters, which in general symbolise the psyche in contrast with the body: the unconscious rather than the ordinary conscious.
The fish represent a deep inner reality, rather than an exterior reality. They are the representatives and messengers of truth.
The fish depict the symbolic identification of the individual’s true “self” once it has detached itself from illusions of the ego which is completely conditioned and controlled by materialism and issues from the individuals past. They stand for symbols of sacrifice and profound life, referring to the invisible, spiritual world and represent the life force that surges up from under the world of appearance.
A metaphor for the aesthetic and spiritual significance hidden in nature and human beings.
The fish, as a symbol, conveys a worldly interpretation as a reflection of primordial, celestial knowledge; evoking a sense of the sacred.
The fish in the majority of the artworks confront the viewer directly with their large bulging eyes as if to engage in a dialogue of psychological strain or environmental and spiritual degeneration. The fish symbol therefore becomes productive of the human predicament depicting patterns in the psyche in the cycle of life.
The artworks aim to act as a form of osmosis, gradually allowing the absorption and stimulation for a shift in consciousness regarding environmental issues, personal growth and spirituality which face contemporary society today. The artworks aim to provide a platform for the conscious and unconscious mind to meet with the goal of unification and for the true essence of our true being to be revealed.