This work was the start of my ongoing fascination with the distortion and suppression of memory, and my exploration into ways in which the past is represented and remembered. It began as an interpretation of an album of my Grandmother’s photographs containing photos of her time as a sports teacher in North Germany during the 1930’s.
Her numerous photo albums detail so many events in her life, but in this album there is a sense that something is missing. An undecipherable letter is placed next to an image of an unidentified high ranking German official. Photographs of sport camps follow, holidays, her life as a teacher. And then photographs of the empty Nuremberg stadium, with no explanation for her being there, just a date. This series re-interprets these and other found archive images. Within it, the process of drawing becomes a metaphor for the distortion of memory and the biased nature of history.