Neglect, Discard, Collect is a body of photographic work responding to ideas around nature and the landscape of the 21st century. Thoughts relating to an 18th century nostalgic vision of nature tend to affect how we think about the rural landscape. Jacqualine aims to question this romantic view and explore how many of us engage with the natural environment.
Her focus is on a distant and dislocated viewing, concentrating on botanical studies of the artificial (silk flowers), the unvalued (the every day garden weeds) and the discarded (decaying decorative bouquets bought at supermarkets). Jacqualine's intention is to offer a more honest representation of our relation with the land and through this emulate the artificial and mundane.
Jacqueline Butler is an artist and academic living and working in Manchester. In her arts practice her primary interests consider reflections on time and memory in relation to the photographic and the cinematic, and contemplations on the material qualities of the photograph both in its analogue and digital states. She works with photography, digital video, artist book, writing and curation.