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CAITLIN KIELY

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"The body as a Landscape, The Landscape as an Archive"

This body of work began with my late Grandfather's archival photo album, which documented his time in the construction industry. As he suffered with dementia, his stories were often fragmentary and expressed incoherently. I identified a parallel between this and his photo album; which had been subject to removal, loss and reorder throughout the years. This work explores the dementia sufferer’s role as a storyteller - walking us so far through their personal archive, then stopping.


In order to obtain the stories contained within these photographs, it involved asking my father questions in order to excavate his memories, which would have otherwise remained buried. Through this surfacing of memory, my father and I collectively connected images with specific locations - allowing the archive photograph transform into a physical place. The photograph therefore became a starting point, to work backwards from in order to retrace memories in a present physical landscape. This journey through place and memory not only completed her Grandfather's fragmentary narrative, but also marked a new one between Caitlin's Father and herself. The work therefore explores the body as a potential landscape as well as the landscape being a vessel in which to contain our personal memories. 


The body of research concluded with an exhibition, which incorporates video, sculpture and print based work which document the visual research and process of retracing place from photographs. Two video sequences run alongside one another, following the same narration.