"In my early work I pretend to speak about my childhood, yet my real childhood had disappeared. I had lied about it so often that I no longer had a real memory of this time, and my childhood has become for me some kind of universal childhood, not a real one." - Christian Boltanski in conversation with Tamar Garb, 1996.
Is a memory a real representation or a fabrication of a moment that we have come to believe as being true?
In the psychology of George Feeser and Kristine Mount, memory is stored in all of our physical senses. when a memory is linked to a particular physical sense or a combination of senses, that memory may elicit an emotional response every time it is recalled to conscious thought.
I think it is interesting to see the way people respond to paintings, especially ones depicting familiar scenes. It is as if you can project your own experiences and memories onto the canvas, making it a reflection of a moment in your past life.
By painting instinctively, I have allowed myself to become connected to the way I immediately respond to certain colours, shapes or forms that may appear on the surface of the canvas. The way that this may trigger a memory can subsequently determine the direction that the work will go. I think that this process is then repeated when being viewed by an audience; they will notice elements in the work that will trigger a memory and consequently, spark a response to something.