Oil on linen/ 41 x 51 cm unframed
The pool is from the series unsettled in which I explore the role of imagery in creating a narrative. Looking at a family album of life in Java prior to World War II, I am struck by the significant role these small black and white photographs played in the stories my mother shared about her life. She suffered trauma and displacement as a refugee and I wonder whether these curated images provided the armature for her narrative or actually replaced her memories? I am interested in our enduring need to curate our lives through imagery and the capacity for misrepresentation and distortion when we rely upon a two-dimensional snapshot to tell our stories. I seek to capture the relationship between truth and memory in my painting.