Norma Burrowes has lived across N. Ireland, England & Tanzania. This new body of work of photographic prints, combines these experiences & observations. She was awarded the Omagh District Annaghmakarrig Artist’s Bursary & explored the potential of printing her photographs onto fabric & combining them with other photographs & textiles to create patch worked panels that all have a story to share! This new show uses a range of media & methods, textiles, patchwork, light boxes, wall hangings.
Some pieces have their roots based in memories, some pieces seek out memories & some are designed to preserve & record memories. Photographs of course have a very unique relationship with memory; & American Memory Quilts are a unique & beautiful, less direct means of keeping memories. This new set of work, falls somewhere in between these. My photographic images no longer stand alone; a new narrative has been introduced.
Using fabrics, namely cottons, silk & organza, has pushed the potential of my photographic work – each language is explored as is the new one of combining both these elements. The show is hung with integral light sources – another aspect of working with fabrics. Layers & seams are revealed as are distances between layers; as the nature of memory & the selective quality of memory is contemplated. Each piece with its own combination of textile, image/s & integral lighting all work together in Strule Art Centre’s gallery, creating their own contemplative space – and new memories.
The images at times give way to colours & another narrative is established. Rather than single photographic prints, images are placed together, sequentially or thematically, each collection with their own narrative. Just as in life, one instance can lead to many others. In Recollections the viewer’s eye travels across the sets of images forging their own links & narratives within the artist’s.
The projected poem has printed verses in the pockets. The projection will occur occasionally & viewers are invited to read printed verses from the pockets. My father is the poet. A wistful memory of times gone by is a recurrent theme in his poetry as is a vivid sense of his local place. Having lived locally all his life, he has many memories of each road he travels.