Rose Rigley, Connective Object I-CXXXVI, 2020, ink wash drawing on 300gsm Arches aquarelle paper, 285mm x 192mm
OBJECT is a collaborative project which asked the community to provide their keepsakes as the basis for the drawings and artworks in this exhibition. The cataloging of these numerous objects references a biographical, lived memory. Yet in themselves, these items are mute, thought-less, and inanimate things removed from their everyday context. Although the special objects are linked with personal histories, their status as keepsakes create questions regarding social recollection and archiving practices. Objects can remind us of another time and place. They 'speak' of love and loss. The fullness of their presence reminds us of what is missing. We activate them with memory and meaning and, in return, they become our memory-keepers.