This new and recent work is an investigative journey of memory, identity and loss informed by Dickens’ novel “Great Expectations” which examines very similar themes. Exploring the text helped Louise examine her own personal history and emotional landscape, creating a dialogue between the text, isolated memories and specific events at the time of making.
Louise has repeatedly visited locations from Dickens’ novel and those featured in her own poetry. They draw on memories of real characters and locations around her childhood home.
In her work, Louise creates an emotional landscape as well as a physical one. Elements fragment, reappear and echo to create a mysterious place where the stories and memories overlap, meet and converse; ‘real’ memories and ‘fictional’ narratives that co-exist in parallel landscapes converge.
Her response to location is informed by loss, memories, and a new appreciation of what can be tied up in the memory of a ‘place’ especially one we call home. This dialogue between past and present is reflected in Louise’s methodology, which brings together a breadth of traditional and digital processes.
Produced with the support of Arts Council funding, the exhibition will continue at The Gallery at Bank Quay House until 4 July then tour to The Dickens’ Museum in 2018.