The Figments Collection:-
'Looking through the very few photographs I have of my childhood (my mother was never one for saving memories) of holidays I can barely remember, posing with faces I no longer recognise and a childhood that I sometimes think I misplaced; I realised the fragility of those photographs and the memories that they held.
Now, in the 21st century we have a magical little box that we carry around with us, it stores hundreds of thousands of photographs and they're safe, digitalised for eternity meaning they are safe from water damage, aging and sunlight. They wont ever change and the only way we will be able to tell years from now when the time period was that the photograph was taken will be the clothes that people are wearing, the smartphone they didnt let go of for two seconds or the time stamp that is automatically applied and easily found when you click 'info' (no need to grab a pen and write the date, place and time on the back anymore!).
Theres hardly any new photo albums being made right now with that acid free paper that tries to evade the eventual decay, the yellowing of the paper and fading of faces you no longer know. These are things that get my heart racing, the fragility of those memories and how you used to be able to hold them directly in your hand to be held safe or lost along with the memory.
Old photographs act the same as memories, eventually they fade into nothing or become ruined through carelessness. That's what I was hoping to use in this collection. I wanted to create pieces that resembled old photographs and the memories they hold. Each piece is a figment of my imagination, I used no reference pictures only what I think are memories. I wanted to create a feeling of familiarity with each scene to every viewer, perhaps you've been there before? But where was that exactly? Is it your memory? Or is it mine?
Every Piece (hopefully!) feels like an old friend, who's (just like a photograph) has over time, faded into a memory.'
Figment: 'a thing that someone believes to be real but that exists only in their imagination.'
Images are slightly blurred for copyright purposes, If you wish to see more pictures of this piece please feel free to send me a message!
Octavia 2 is 73x54cm oil on gallery canvas. The edges are painted so she can be hung directly without a frame.