Aline Smithson & Bronwen Hyde

"How wonderful, how very wonderful the operations of time and the changes of the human mind!" And following the latter train of thought, she soon afterwards added: "If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out".

Inspired by this quote from Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Aline Smithson and Bronwen Hyde sought to explore the simultaneous elusiveness and persistence of memory through the colour blue in their respective hometowns of Los Angeles and Melbourne. Creating fragmented images seemingly snatched from memories, their work features common themes of vacation, youth, water (both free-flowing and contained), and people and objects that fall within their gaze.

Issue #34 April - May 2009
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