Elli Crocker



Often associated with archaeological digs, midden refers to domestic refuse, frequently including shells and bones. These unearthed waste piles reveal something of the lives lived long ago. Drawing on this concept in a more poetic fashion, these paintings also present traces of life. When a family home is cleaned out after a death, the symbolic power of objects is keenly felt. All around us are artifacts of existence and these objects may well survive their makers and users. These ordinary things tell stories.