Jason Oddy
Waiting Rooms

When Oddy’s grandmother passed away he went to clear out her house, a sobering experience that raised all sorts of questions. What happens to our belongings when we die? What becomes of all those things, all those keepsakes once we are no longer there to give them meaning? In a quest for answers Oddy embarked on the series Waiting Rooms. For months he accompanied a funerals officer on her rounds. Her job to sort out and dispose of the belongings and affairs of people who die heirless and alone. In home after home Oddy encountered a twilight world of stuff. Stuff proliferating. Stuff spread everywhere. As if all these belongings had, rather than sustaining their owners, ultimately turned on them to hasten their departure from this world.