Kate O'Leary

The Familiar Album

Using a collection of family photographs, my practice explores the meeting of personal memory and shared experience. From close friends and family members, to old teachers and past colleagues, over 40 individuals have contributed to ‘The Familiar Album’. Within a series of paintings, I have re-positioned each photograph away from its original sentimental value; re-purposing individual photographs as a collective record of the comfort and warmth engendered by childhood memories. Each photo is no longer simply a symbol of personal remembrance but a representation of a shared connection and intimacy that transcends individual narratives and memories.