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Margot Westhorpe


Gallery 4

22 July - 9 August 2015

Opening Wednesday 22 July, 6.30-8pm

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Since completing a PhD in 2009 that explored the conceptual foundations of identity, I have focused on developing my art practice.

The connection between ethnicity, gender, religion and language in identity construction is well established. In my recent works I explore the role of memory in identity. Comprised of small sculptures and wall works, this selection reflects on the ways in which memories shape our identities.

While memory and identity are inextricably linked, how we remember and what we remember is open to conjecture: ultimately it is determined by our personal involvement in the moment, in time and place. Regardless of the validity and strength of our memories, its imprint on who we are cannot be dismissed. The words and images we employ to explore these memories is also unique to each of us. Since memory may be considered unreliable in its nature, the importance of memory lies in what it reveals and what it hides. While some of the works exhibited are based on personal photographs, others originate purely in the imagination. The question to be asked is, where does truth lie in these portrayals, or are they simply colourful fabrications of an unreliable memory? I leave the answer to the viewer.



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