Masters of Fine Art Exhibition 2019 - I Come with Baggage
Of Being Numerous
There are things
We live among ‘and to see them
Is to know ourselves’.
I Come with Baggage, is an enquiry into the impact of memories, directly and indirectly, how it changes our perception of our past and our place in the future. I explore recollection through family photos, functional and non-functional objects painting them on upcycled plates in onglaze. These painted images are brought together in an installation, drawing underpins my practice. We bring the present through the transferal of memories to their children individually and their new home collectively. These can be explicit through recounting past events to the next generation or implicitly in my case through relics of their history in photographic portraits, the landscapes in which they lived belongings, and daily rituals. Embracing the found and re-imagining it in an environment that allows for a more immersive experience.
My painted plates sit as part of an assemblage of individual and collective memory. They emerge from the impulse to tell story.
GrandMother, onglaze on upcycled plate, 21cm x 21cm, 2019
I source plates from opportunity shops knowing they already permeated with a history of their own.For me, the use of a limited palette, mainly of blue-greys and umbers, suggest the monochrome of an old photograph and the plates that my mothers’ family used in their day to day domestic life.
In Grandmother I used an already decorated plate and painted my grandmother's portrait on top. I didnt really know my grandmother or the particulars of her history. Just the meta-story the one of a Polish Jew that escaped Poland and the holocaust and eventually ended up in Australia. What she felt and thought I will never know, or what she lost and found in her new home.
What I am aiming in my artwork is to create this ‘new thing’ an image that represents my relationship with the incomplete history of my family.