We have had builders in and the house has been all over the place. However, it did mean that some rooms were empty for painting and new carpets blah blah. So I had some space, which I could use. Over some time I started just moving things into a wall space. I would go off, come back 20 minutes later and see what was there – and in some kind of word association system pick another object related to what was there.
It wasn’t an ideal system and I should have used more variation in light – using lamps, night time etc. Much of the relationships were in my head rather than obvious. So the fact that one elephant, moves to another elephant nearby – and its relationship was actually based on Father Ted explaining to Dougal – ‘Okay, one last time. These are small…but those out there are far away. Small…far away.’ I couldn’t find the cows, and elephants took their place.
I also wanted to fill the frame – so went in tighter than I had planned, rather than relying on massive objects. However I knew I wanted to finish with a mattress – not totally in a Jeff Wall way again, but also in the sense you can’t really have a pile of crap in the corner of a room without throwing a mattress on top.