INDIAN WATER LILLIES
CLOTH: Silk crepe from India
SIZE: 100 x 100cm
Luxurious luminous light-weight silk scarf
Indian water lillies scarf
ARTIST STATEMENT :
My grandmother's father
My father’s grandfather
Always Sir to my mother
Who was away referred to as Sahib, and not his name, was remembered as cheeky and travelled.
An engineer and a missionary
making silver gelatin photographs in India
I inherited two old brown suitcases full of my great grandfather’s photographs, these were the prints disregarded by the public collections my great aunt had bequeathed the collection too. At the time I was studying fine art photography so the historical context of his photographic technique was of significance.
Unfortunately, they had been mounted with heavy glue surrounded by some crappy cardboard window mounts and the actual prints became foxed and generally unstable. Conversations with my peers about these prints spoke of conservation and archive. I don’t think I ever really ‘looked’ at the actual images. Now I find them familiar and nostalgic, especially with the onslaught of the digital image. I first travelled to India in 2002 and was surprised at how familiar it felt. I now have several strong creative connections in India through professional collaboration. I love the conversation these images carry. Colonial and cultural histories. Traditional and contemporary technologies, the materiality of print and fibre
Is it science, is it magic, imagination.
SPECIAL CARE INSTRUCTIONS:
Bathe with some rose petals while washing in cold water