5 Year Anniversary Art Exhibition – Artist Portfolio Magazine –
Patricia Casey – North Epping NSW, Australia –
This work, from the series Murmur combines landscape with the figure to explore the concept of sense memory. Everything we perceive, interpret and feel is filtered through the five senses and stored away as an experience mediated through the body. Murmur captures the moment that an experience of the natural world is imprinted on the body. The memory of that moment in the natural world will ripple and murmur into the future.
My work is primarily located within photography yet it combines embroidery and crochet to create works that produce a unique combination of high end digital technology and old world craft skills.
I question the veracity of photography. It is intrinsically linked with memory and nostalgia. It is an unreliable medium in relation to ‘truth’. I draw attention to the fragile, slippery nature of memory itself. My photographs are often out of focus or manipulated. By using embroidery I open up a triangular dialogue between stitching (a form of drawing in the way I use it), the photograph and the viewer. I have a particular interest in the struggle between absence and presence existing in a photograph. My images are open-ended and have a similar tension between beauty and unease