I have always been interested in the past
in looking backwards to look forwards.
In my family tree
In my personal histories
And in the stories that I have heard from a time before me.
I am interested in my genealogical line
in all the lines that connect us together.
I am interested what is absent and what is present. What we forget and what is remembered. What we see and what we miss out on. What is passed down to us and what we will pass down to others.
I am drawn to the things that have been,
in order to shape what will be.
To construct and mould those things to come.
I am drawn to sound, to the voice, and to song
Songs that I can sing for the people closest to me.
For time feels precious somehow and I catch glimpses of it passing us all by.
I am reminded of why I make work about memory – it’s to feel in a constant state of nostalgia.
I am reminded of why I make work about memory – It’s to thank my family for the traces that they have left behind.
I am reminded of why I make work about memory – it’s to not forget those things that ought to be remembered.
For my Mum, my Dad, my Brother Jem, my Grandad John, my Nan, my Grandma, my Grandad Frank, my Aunties and Uncles, my Great Grandparents, my Cousins and those to come.