Mapping Memory

Harrys Blanket                       

July 2011, I visited this interesting social history exhibition at the State Library, Perth. Resident Artist Wendy Lugg with the Royal W.A. Historical Society has explored their collections of the State Library of W.A. for stories that resonate with her own family memories. In Mapping Memory – artefacts, maps and ephemera rom the collection intermingle with the artists memorabilia and artworks in a rich layering of personal family story, collective memory and the landscapes they share.

kewpie dollAt the  turn of the 20th century Wendy Lugg’s grandmothers emigrated to join their husbands with the hope of a better life, despite the basic living and isolation. For many new arrivals, coming to W.A meant never seeing family again, just precious mementos, postcards and telegrams.The artists heritage is of thrift, and make do, searching op shops for treasures. Growing up making wonders using everyday materials and a lot of imagination. From childhood, she collected driftwood, shells and found objects from the beaches.

‘Just as reflections are distorted by ripples across the surface, memories are not always an accurate reflection of the past.’

‘Since colonization, weve made our mark on the land and its original inhabitants, not always in the best of ways.’

‘Mourning cloth.’


Love is Life – Creative Development

Love is Life, Green Room

Its been a busy couple of weeks, with projects being planned and creative processes in full go! Had another marvelous creative development weekend with Joey Ruigrok van der  Werven at PICA in Perth’s Cultural District, WA – which I will post about on a further blog.

Making forest vines

The AIR Programme at Carson St School is nearing the end of its process with the Sensory Awareness performance in full rehearsal this week, inside a specially made forest environment. Its been fantastic to work with the Barking Gekko Theatre Co team ‘Sensorium’, a new company making specific work for PMLD children in Perth. See the artists blog for the full creative process and development

This weekend was also an opportunity for further creative development with PROXIMITY at the Blue Room theatre, also in Perths C.D – a new co op season of site specific one-on-one performances curated by James Berlyn and Sarah Rowbottam.

Artists can propose work for intimate performance experiences by 30th sept 2011 at

Im hoping to continue the Art of Heart project with intimate object theatre and storytelling.

My favourite hearts

All this fabulous creativity with artists in Perth has reminded me of the wonderful times I had at the sadly gone Green Room, Manchester UK. Chopped due to the Arts Council funding cuts. One of my artworks was in residence there (see top image), if anyone knows where it is, let me know!

Lancashire last-mill-standing, Burnley

An interesting film about the last working mill in Burnley.

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