For Christopher Lawrie the corrosive nature of salt provides an aesthetic and cultural metaphor for the attrition of memory and a colonial past. His installations of works on paper utilise historical artifacts to form contexts for contemporary readings of the past.. Hazelhurst Catalogue
AS YOU WERE . . .
(Collective Attrition) A contemplation of both the personal and the collective attrition of memory. When is it that a person stops looking forward and starts looking back?
Collective memory has recently emerged as a major focus of interdisciplinary research. This study is part of a growing body of literature exploring the social construction of collective memory, the relationship between history and memory, the role of commemorative narratives and rituals in contemporary social life, and their impact on the political sphere. It explores how a society of immigrants, engaged in constructing a distinct national identity and culture, recreated it’s roots in the past. These collective memories of recovered roots became a driving force for change and a means of articulating new values and ideas. In this process the new nation relied heavily on both history and tradition. By introducing a highly selective attitude to them, alternating between rejection and acceptance, suppression and elaboration, it has reconstructed a new national memory and tradition.” Yael Zerubaval (1995) Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the making of Israeli National Tradition.
.Recovering Roots . . .
An Exhibition by Christopher Lawrie and Belinda Allen. Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery May 30 til June 11