MA Fine Art
My practice concerns itself with broad themes of memory and how the past is represented in the present. These themes are explored in a body of work centred on a site-specific object – a 1940’s caravan. Examining the relationship between this historic object and the people that have a long-standing relationship with it has allowed for a greater understanding of abstract concepts such as the role of personal attachment to specific objects as a means of preserving memories.
According to the curator Dieta Roelstrate, a steadily growing number of contemporary art practices engage not only in storytelling but also more specifically in history telling. The notion of the historical account, the archive, the document, and the act of excavating echo Walter Benjamin’s observations on excavation and memory; “He who seeks to approach his own buried past must conduct himself like a man digging. Above all, he must not be afraid to return again and again to the same matter.”
Benjamin W, 1931–1934, ‘Excavation and Memory,’ in Selected Writings, Volume 2
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