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Name: Phoebe Gatehouse
School: Richmond upon Thames College
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: I am fascinated by the concept of memory and nostalgia. In my work I vary often between different styles and mediums, but I find that there seems generally always to be a recurring feeling of yearning for something passed or an attempt to capture a moment or an emotion to serve in memoriam of something.
Description: This piece was inspired by the work of my late great-grandmother, Helen Muriel Bennett. The discovery of her anatomical sketchbooks in my grandmother’s loft was poignant and thought-provoking. The piece is about rebirth, revival of things which have been forgotten, and giving new life to the work of my great-grandma which doesn’t deserve to be left behind yet. The sewn-together pages onto which I worked mirror the fragility of the fabric of memory. I chose to hand sew it, a time consuming method, as I wanted to bar all modern techniques other than photography from the process, to resonate history and tradition. I also used an old fashioned printing press to transfer the disjointed images of my own body onto the sheets- I deliberately photographed myself as wanted it to be a personal work about my history. To me, the piece resonates my great-grandma’s beautiful anatomical drawings, bringing her ideas into the modern day with photography and giving them a new life. The piece has come to represent my great-grandma to me, and introduced me to her in a way which I never was in life.
Medium: Solvent transfer on paper and thread
Width: 70cm Height: 190cm
Keywords: Memorial, Printing, Body, Pages, Forgotten, Rebirth