Westbury Art Centre - Milton Keynes Open on 10th-18th July 2021
As child I found myself attached to certain objects, intrigued by their shapes and colours, fascinated by their texture and feel. I never understood this until I was much older and realised I was picking up on something deeper. It was not just because I found something aesthetically pleasing or tactile but because they evoked memories that reminded me of significant people, places or times. They held little snippets of my heritage, my history and family traditions. They made me think of similarities and differences within my cultural heritage and of the people important to me. I use theses snippets of information, which are represented by symbols, pattern and textures as collages on my work and metaphors for more deeper meaning.
It is no surprise that I held these objects as treasures and retain some that I am able to talk about and use with my own children to say ‘You know this object, it belonged to Grandma or Grandpa and they brought this in ....... when they moved house”. These objects become almost as relevant as having a picture or letter to share. I am interested in how objects and vessels can be used to initiate conversations around identity and heritage - a way of storytelling, imparting knowledge and supporting greater understanding.