Initially my inspiration came from stories I had been told by my grandparents of their childhood and growing up. One memorable story was about the first time my grandmother ate a banana. The excitement and happiness of her reliving the moment can only mark how such an inconsequential thing to us now was so significant to her then. These stories highlighted how so much has changed in such a short period of time.
My primary source was family photos albums, I wanted to understand more about their lifestyle and their significant childhood memories. This lead me to research leisure and entertainment during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Henry Grant was one of my main secondary resources for this project. Grant’s photographs document social and political changes at the time.
Increasing consumerism in the 1960’s fuelled mass production. In the work of contemporary artist Lisa Milroy who’s work is based mostly on everyday items which are repeated objects in the form of lines; creating patterns. In her work I see mass production. The objects are usually commonplace and unimportant and they made me think of our throwaway society.
My aim is to represent the change in our relationship with objects. I have tried to incorporate in my work elements of the inconsequential with more treasured memories.