noun [C] /ˈtrəʊ.fi / n. pl. trophies
1. A recognition or evidence of merit, especially in sports in the form of cup, plaque or other decorative object.
2.The spoils of war, dedicated in classical antiquity with an inscription to a deity and set up as a temporary monument on or near a battlefield, placed in an existing temple, or new structure.
Wild animals, typically the large or most impressive males, have been hunted for recreation for centuries. The carcass being used for food, with the head, horns or antlers kept and displayed as a representation of the supremecy of the hunter, often in conjuction with his weapons.
In this selection from 'The Collection', the trophies are the smallest and most fragile bird skulls found whilst walking, a direct comparison to trophies of the big game hunt.
Historically a 'cabinet room' symbolises the power, education and wealth of the collector but this is not an eighteenth-century collection of curiosities to be seen with awe and wonder. All the artefacts in this collection have either been found or recovered from the refuse of everyday life but by decontextualising them, objects become unfamiliar. Meticulously crafting the items as trophies together with the implementation of rigorous cataloging systems, enhances the object's value and we are encouraged to reconnect it with an imagined site.
In a juxtaposition of the past and future, some items can be seen only through the use of QRcodes, perhaps this is how we will view collections in the future, a screen image replacing the visual stimulation and enquiry we feel in front of an object.
noun [C] /ˈmɛd(ə)l' / n. pl. medals
1. A small usually metal object bearing a religious emblem or picture.
2. A piece of metal often resembling a coin and bearing a stamped inscription or design that is issued to commemorate a person or event or awarded for excellence or achievement.
verb [L] /ˈmɛd(ə)l' /
1. To win a medal in a sports competition.
Traditionally, medals are awards of recognition and achievement, mounted on colour coded ribbons representing organisations or campaigns. In this piece beer bottle tops and designer clothes labels are juxtaposed with these ribbons drawing parallels between the symbols of achievement and status in other groups of today's society.