Once Upon A Time by Athol Whitmore
The Jam Factory presents Once Upon A Time, an exhibition of recent work by Athol Whitmore which explores the relationships between objects and childhood; between nostalgia and memory. Working with found objects and manipulated imagery Athol’s work plants a seed with the viewer from which a journey can take place to wherever the work may take them.
"My work addresses my interest in childhood and contemporary societies understanding of it. I am a cross disciplinary artist utilising found and sourced objects. I am interested in the emotions related to objects. Nostalgia plays a strong part in my work as it engages the adult into work which is primarily child orientated" - Athol Whitmore
Images are like words because they possess meaning. To understand them we must explore their application to a thousand other images in a thousand other situations. Childhood is sacred, embracing it and defending it will reward us all far beyond the constraints of society.
"The little girl knows as well as you do that her doll is a cheat: but she shuts her eyes to it, for she finds her account in keeping up the deception". - William Hazlitt: Liberal. January 1823.
Once Upon A Time is open to the public from 14th January – 23rd February in the Jam Factory’s Small & Large Galleries.
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