|Counterfeit. Photomontage. Julie Clarke 2014|
Last Monday I was admiring (and eventually bought) an Art Deco, Marcasite ring from a local jeweler. I thought that Marcasite was just a fancy name for Iron Pyrite (Fools gold) and had a short discussion about this with the owner as I own a small but solid piece of heavy Pyrite.
On Tuesday I photographed the gold colored rock and thought about the notion of counterfeit. In 1990 I used fake gold leaf in some of my drawings as a way of drawing attention to fakery, a term that has intrigued me, especially in the making of art.
Yesterday I was captured by a small old photograph that I saw in a local treasure shop. On the back of this advertising card was the words Soden & Co, Kyneton and Melbourne. I was interested in the fact that the woman (she was either wealthy or dressed in her best clothes for the photographic sitting) was placed beside a false wooden fence with plants. I believe it was typical in the Late Victorian era for photographers to place their subject in a scene, but for me the whole idea of creating an illusion through the photographic process began back then and is continued in the photo-montages that I am producing.
I have to admit that I love the flow and folding back of past and present through a found object.