April 26, 2019

How does a place hold memory?

Maria Howard


For me, place and memory are inextricably linked, not just the familiar rooms and views of my childhood but the bodies of water that surround us and the in between spaces that enclose our cities. As markers of time, hills, mountains and seas stand as repositories of memory, each path, each landmark, each road recalling others like it in an individual and collective memory of time and place.

With this piece of writing – and throughout my practice – I aim to investigate what the landscape or a family home can hold as a space for memory, a living archive out with the self that can be embodied, breathed.

These ideas follow Edward Casey’s phenomenological study of remembering where he states that place ‘serves to situate one’s memorial life’, that place can be not just a container of memory but a setting for memory to unfold.

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