AboutEveryday life and scholarly activity, art and science, reality and imagination, the ordinary and the extraordinary mingle in the memory space of the Freud Museum. Rather than mere display of memorabilia or illustration of psychoanalytic discourse it draws the visitor into the materiality and complexity of human experience and the continuous quest to make sense of it. In this richly textured home of stories told, untold, unfolding and yet to emerge visitors are drawn in to explore a web of possible relationships. With poetic and sensory interventions that blend into the memory fabric of the house, Solveigh Goett and Judith Alder pick up such threads of attachment to encourage new ways of making meaning and entice the imagination: personal narratives, dreams and fantasies, hopes and fears, childhood memories and learned histories come together in a potent mix through which suggestions of new, evolving narratives emerge - never quite there, felt but not seen, yet to be made sense of.
Solveigh Goett PhD is a textile artist and narrative researcher working with the literal and metaphorical fabrics of life, everyday textiles that clothe not only our bodies and environments, but also our memories, thoughts and theories. Drawing on her rich archives of textile materials and stories, she creates evocative artefacts for visitors to touch and be touched by. Her multi-sensory installations dedicated to the small things in life are intimate story spaces to reflect on human experience. Challenging the ocular-centricity of museums and galleries her tactile work aims to enrich visitors' experience and attract audiences who through loss of sight are often excluded from enjoying the visual arts.
Judith Alder MA is a visual artist whose practice forms an investigative process considering the every-day concerns, contradictions and conflicts of life; questions which have no easy answers. Her work responds to people, place and time and takes form through a bricolage of intermingled ideas and experiences from past and present, the physical manifestations of which range from carefully crafted artefacts and drawings to texts, photographs, videos and installation. Often poetic and beautiful, yet simultaneously uncomfortable and uneasy, it is difficult to distinguish the point at which her work, rooted as it is in fact, metamorphoses through invention into the realm of fiction.