I have shortlisted my families images to 88.
I could shortlist more.
I am not going to at the moment.
I put them all together printed at 3×2 on the table and nearly cried at the beauty of what a life we have had, all that the has passed in the last two years, me starting and finishing an MA , my boys doing gcse’s , my son starting university, covid, my second eldest getting ready to start sixth form on the path to Oxford university.
This is a road map of our lives, and four our family, our lives are education and education is our lives, the two are so intrinsically linked up together that it is impossible to separate one from the other. Our children have always been autonomously educated, or ‘child-led’ as it is also known as, this means that we value that from the moment they wake up , to the moment they go to bed there is learning in everything they do. These images show this beautifully. They also show the flying of the nest of our eldest, and then in turn , his brother preparing to do the same.
I have decided I am going to do a huge grid of this and get it printed on fabric and made into a ‘family quilt’ , I am hoping they will hang this from the ceiling at Falmouth art gallery when I have the exhibition there in the summer (it was only ever meant to be the 18 families) as I think it is a really important addition to the project. I got the idea of this from Carmen Winant’s piece at Maternality at Richard Sallton gallery in Feb 2020 (I wrote about this exhibition and piece here in my CRJ ) where she had this huge piece of collage of peoples births & mothering.
This is the space the exhibition is going in, I will have 22 frames up and around the stairs.
This shows the space a little more closely
Underneath is a shortlist of the 88 images
Over the weekend I finalised my public presentation of the sphere of work relating to my family ‘The Heutagogical Home’ . Firstly I shortlisted to 88 images down from 148 , out of originally about 3000 images and video. I then printed out all 88 images at a4 size and pinned them to my wall, I am going to have these printed on a 4m x 2m length of fabric, as a nod to traditional heirloom patchwork quilts added too and handed down from families. I am looking at getting the printing done by contrado as it was recommended by both Wendy and Ilya, although price may play a factor. I am currently waiting on their print samples to be sent through.
Fig 0, Maternality, Richard Saltoun gallery feb 2020. https://www.richardsaltoun.com/exhibitions/80/installation_shots/image1655/
Fig 1, Graham, google search Falmouth Art Gallery Foyer
Fig 2, Graham Bekkie 2021. The Heutagogical Home shortlisted images
Fig 3, Graham, Bekkie. 2021. Final presentation on wall ready to print at 4meters by 2 meters
Video 1 – Kith and Kin Falmouth art gallery. You Tube.
Video 2 – Graham, Bekkie. 2021. The Heutagogical Home , accompanid by Big Theif ‘Mary’