Olivia Carstairs

House Clearance – Olivia Carstairs

I have chosen to explore my own personal loss and mourning process by recreating family photographs from my late father’s childhood, using oil paints and pigments that once belonged to him. Choosing to recreate moments from my father’s life well before I was born allowed me to connect with a previously unknown version of him, and also explore my own childhood memories through the selection of photographs that seemed in some ways reminiscent of my own early years. Alongside the paintings is an artist book compiled of notebook excerpts and sketches found amongst the discarded possessions.

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