In the 1500s, the Italian scholar and philosopher Giulio Camillo attempted to memorize all the knowledge in the world in his “theatre of memory” – designed to store memories in a physical space that was linked to another technique for remembering – the memory palace.
This exhibition is based around images collected during a journey through Italy and France last year and these have provided the basis for this imagined palace of memories. Objects in natural history museums, cabinets of curiosity and opulent palaces with their lush gardens and carousels have been combined to create fresh narratives. Connections between the real and imagined, the natural and man made, became increasingly significant as the work progressed.
Ultimately the work is an imaginative and intuitive construct, which hopefully reflects the sense of awe and excitement I experienced in these poetic and evocative spaces.