Past Work: Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher is an installation for the Brookes 'Obsessions' show at Modern Art Oxford in March 2008. Emerging from a series of ideas derived from my work on the Holocaust, it aims to explore the theme of memory, post-memory and moments in time using wallpapered drawings and string. But, as with all work when it moves from the sketchbook to the studio, things began to change; new questions were raised and new works began to reveal themselves in embryo.

Dreamcatcher

The following is the proposal submitted for the exhibition.

"The drawings could be said to represent a last, snatched glance at the gate-tower of Auschwitz-Birkenau and their number a testament to the number of people who died there. It could also be said to illustrate my own, almost obsessive incomprehension at having stood in a place where over a million people died. Death is described by the pieces of string – the thread of life drawn, measured and cut; each one tied to make the Dreamcatcher. Dreamcatchers themselves are said to let the good dreams through whilst snaring the nightmares, and for all the victims, Auschwitz-Birkenau was exactly that – an nightmare place which they could never leave. I on the other hand could do just that. I can never know what it was like to be there, just as they could never know what it was like to leave."

To see more about this project, please visit my old website.