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Perhaps one of the greatest difficulties is the piecing together of people and events. This is often a blending together of the present with the past. One remembered thing leads to another. Some match with an exquisite naturalness and others have first to be hunted and caught and then fitted.

My father is telling me that not only is there a present and a past, there are several aspects of the present and several layers of the past.

Cabin Fever, Elizabeth Jolley

How do we know that our memory of people, events and places are accurate? One individual's recollection can differ so greatly from another's. A photograph can provide us with some evidence, but not a complete truth. A conflict between presence and absence exists. We are reminded of what is not shown. There is a tendency to embellish and embroider depending on individual perspective. Slippage refers to this inability to access the truth or the real and the layering effect of memory.

This body of work explores the concepts of memory, perspective and imagination.

The series consists of layered photographic images of landscapes on georgette cloth. Georgette is a fabric commonly used for making domestic curtains or filmy women's clothing and scarves. Printed separately, a blurred, indistinct image is overlaid onto a sharp clear photographic image. Details stitched onto the top layer act as an embellishment, a superimposition of perspective. These works are disorienting, hovering between the real and the surreal, yet they draw the viewer into a secret world. They are internal landscapes; hazy locations; the sites of remembrances.

The viewer is given a mind’s eye view of the site of a long ago event. There are no people present in these works. They are absent, leading one to embark upon a series of suppositions as to the significance of the scene. Slippage works as a series of stories with open endings that are at once playful and disturbing.

Patricia Casey

To download a PDF of the exhibition invitation and Feast for the Senses' Dinner on Wednesday 10 June 2009, simply click here.

Sydney Magazine, SMH | June 2009

To download and view a PDF of Patricia Casey's biography click here.

Home Alone | Sept 2007

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