Helen Fuller: Domestic forensics

“Some things we bring back have a forensic loading of information, they’re catalysts, expressing what we can’t articulate; it’s like clinging to an old auntie.” Helen Fuller and I discussing op-shop-mania, which afflicts us both, are in her studio, surrounded by finds and some of what they’ve inspired. Strolling through personal histories in those museums of domesticity provides a desired thrill, the “kill” of a purchase, the chance to mend chips and tears back home. For Fuller, domestic arcana, with which generations of homemakers have armed themselves, may be said to have been the lynchpin of a body of work now outstripping the cataloguer's reach.

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