The object I chose to work with was a 1950s saltshaker. I was initially attracted to it because of its sculptural and architectural qualities but then became interested in its function as a saltshaker and how its function could be communicated simply through the gesture of salting.
I asked others in my class to imagine and demonstrate how they would use the saltshaker I had chosen and, despite variation from person to person, the gestures they made created the idea of a saltshaker that wasn’t actually there.
Some of my classmates then told me about their own salting habits and how their saltshaker differed to the one from the Camberwell Collection. Each of these different saltshakers and salting habits were represented through the gestures my fellow classmates made.
So instead of dealing with the architectural and sculptural form the object takes, this saltshaker has ultimately led me to engage with and observe how people can create the idea of an object through gestures.