all the things no longer remembered

When memory is lost or muddled, past events are called into question. Even the photographs that record family events now seem unreliable. You can hold them in your hand and say “this is what happened, this is how it was.” Or was it?

I have used family photographs, and images from those photographs, and changed or added to them using paint, pen, pencil, photocopying, wax and stitch. In most of these pieces, something of the original image is retained. In others details – specifically flowers –  have become motifs that dance across the page.

 

"looking back, you can almost see it coming" photocopy, wax and thread, 2014, 5" x 7".
Clare Thomas, looking back, you can almost see it coming, 2014, photocopy, wax and thread, 5″ x 7″.
untitled, 2014, oil paint, paper and wax on canvas, 8" x 10"
Clare Thomas, 2014, oil paint, paper and wax on canvas, 8″ x 10″
"secret garden", 2014, collaged paper, 14" x 10"
Clare Thomas, in a secret garden, 2014, collaged paper, 14″ x 10″
"secret garden," 2014, ink and stitch on canvas, 4.5" x 10.5"
Clare Thomas, secret garden, 2014, ink and stitch on canvas, 10.5″ x 4.5.”
"clouds" 2014, oil on board, 16"x16"
Clare Thomas, clouds, 2014, oil and paper on board, 16″x16″
Clare Thomas, 2015, cotton and silk thread, wax, paper, 5″ x 7.”
clouds 2014
Clare Thomas, 2014, “Lilies” paper and gouache on paper, 12″ X 16″

 

"all the things no longer remembered" 2014, gouache on paper, 192" x 36"
Clare Thomas, all the things no longer remembered, 2014, gouache on paper, 36″ x 192″

 

Clare Thomas, cut loose, 2014, gouache on paper, 36″ x 60″

 

Clare Thomas,  All The Things No Longer Remembered at the Ministry of Health, Victoria, 2015.