Jennifer Pattison

As a child, I loved to read books that were full of magic. While playing in the wild woods where I grew up, images from these miraculous stories would transcend the limits of my thoughts and become almost real. Memories of these moments have stayed with me into adulthood. But as an adult, I have found it difficult to find the space to experience esoteric events, given the western culture I’ve grown up in, which says these things do not exist. I thought I had lost the ability to manifest imaginings to my childhood.

It wasn’t until I read books such as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez that I realised I still had the capacity to do this. The words in these books triggered tangible feelings in me, and vivid images, that I had not experienced since I had stood in that Sussex forest as a child.

This work is concerned with the themes found in the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. Images of death, loneliness, matriarchy, memory, solitude and afterlife appear many times.

The series was produced during an artist residency in Rio de Janeiro where I was strongly influenced by its ancient nature. While searching for locations I never felt alone. Creeping alongside me were the aerial roots of orchids, clinging onto every tree and string like tendrils brushed the top of my head as I passed beneath them. At times I thought I could hear the plants growing.

I worked with street cast models and used second hand clothing sourced from flea markets. Second hand clothing mirrors the themes of afterlife found in the book. Each item is used and discarded over and over. I hoped to capture imprints or marks on the fabric like faded memories and evidence of another life.