I was brought up In Northern NSW where I still reside in rural northern NSW. After various career paths, I have come back to an old love, art. I have recently completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Southern Cross University and am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Education degree. I am also involved in a NFP organisation (c.a.s.e), our aim is to facilitate and involve art occurring in the local community.
When considering what object to focus on for inspiration by what was in the Chifley Home, I consider the thought that the object is not an object. This is because I live far from the objects and am viewing them out of context in another frame on a flat digital screen. Yet I still presume that they actually exist somewhere. This is a form of displacement. The digital is a totally different language to any other, including print and film which must be considered. When taking something that is digital and interpreting it in an analogue form, I chose to use smoke residue on paper for a reason that the smoke is difficult to control and very far from the digital matrix that is comprised of the pixel. Smoke is also a beautiful poetic metaphor, its ephemeral elusive qualities matching the nostalgia of a time past, a memory fading, a time that cannot be replicated, a ghostly trace of light which is how I view the original analogue photograph of Ben Chifley’s parents, Patrick and Mary. Using the stitch forming a grid, a matrix, is a reminder of the digital format that the object was (and is) viewed. Again, the time consuming and imperfect stitch is in contrast to the instant precise digital world we are now in. These handmade images will again be viewed by the audience in a digital format. This is how many of us view images now, even to an extent of taking a photo on our smart phones of something in our presence, yet preferring to observe it in a neatly framed digital format. It is a part of our current trend (illness) to create and orchestrate our perceived existence. It begs the question of what has been lost in the translation, as certain qualities of light and being elude the digital format, yet what has been gained?
The materials are: Smoke, charcoal and thread on paper.
Fading Memory - A Portrait