Gwen MacGregor

Mudlarking Series – Pins


4000 pins from the River Thames, London, England, photographs; exhibited in Flywheel, York Quay Gallery, 2003 and Art Gallery of Ontario fundraising event, 2003; originally shown in Murky Waters at Mercer Union, Toronto, 1994

Photo: Robbie Polly

Mudlarking is the process of digging up objects from the River Thames in London, England. Beginning in 1991, I created three installations that each focused on one kind of object and its particular characteristics and history. The works Pins, Not here not now, and Non-returnable are together known as the Mudlarking Series.