I am interested in exploring memory (both personal and historical), in order to consider themes of migration and belonging. As source material I often use found images such as postcards and family photographs, but these are often just starting points and do not always dictate the outcome of the work. They make references to people and places but not as documentation, more of a way of ‘imagining memory’.
My grandparents lived in Ceylon during the 1920s, where my grandfather was assistant manager on a large tea estate. Thomas Lipton purchased his own tea gardens in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, where he packaged and sold the first Lipton tea. Built in 1931 The Tea Building is an imposing eight-storey building that still dominates the junction of Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Green Road. It is joined internally to the Biscuit Building next door, a slightly older warehouse which was principally used for tea packing.
My current body of work under the title ‘Settlers’ (see website below) is an attempt to reflect on the colonial experience, from both viewpoints: the colonised and those that were part of implementing the colonial process.
Tea (the Lipton Building) h 22.5cm x w 27cm