As an 18 year old, Gertrude Gallist left the tough, loveless life of post-war Donawitz /Austria to seek happiness and meaning in another land. In England, working as a nanny, she learned and spoke English for the first time. A year later, she met and married my father, a Rolls Royce engineer.
This generations stories – the themes of displacement and cultural adaptation, of making a new home far from an existing one, of new beginnings and distant longings – resonate for me, and also resembles patterns within my own life experience and history.
These correspondences, their impacts and meanings continue to inform my practice which involves image making using photo-media. I draw, treat and manipulate imagery that is found, family owned and self shot. This is then output to a C-Print, diasec or lightbox.