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.
At 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.