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Life is a Journey. MA Fine Art.
I have spent years researching my personal history as an adoptee. I felt I had come to terms with what I knew and what I didn't know and probably never would. However I had always been uncomfortable with not knowing and uncertainty so I chose to continue this research for my MA Fine Art at Plymouth University. I examined how an embodied arts process can express pre-verbal affects of displacement and loss. My research reminded me of Georgia O'Keefe's words:
'I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for'
My topic led me to explore the imminent loss of my childhood home, a traditional dairy farm in East Devon. This was just prior to the farm being developed into Cranbrook, the first new town (6,500 homes) to be built in Devon since the Middle Ages. This home was my heart and soul and I was devastated to be losing it in this way. Even though I hadn't lived at Tillhouse for 40 years and can't remember the field names, responses to the farm are still engrained in me. Sadly there was an arson attack during the building of the new town Cranbrook and consequently Tillhouse Farm house is now a gutted ruin.
For further more in depth information please read my presentation at The Home and the World Conference 2012