One of my projects for 2012 is the result of researching my family history. Most of the research work has been done by my brother (thanks Marcus!) who has written and collated miles of information relating to the history of our relatives lives.
It is the women who have captured my interest, but by the absence of information as much as the presence. Historically women were recorded only in terms of birth and death and unless they had a personal journal or letters that have been handed down over the generations, there is little chance of learning anything about their lives beyond the generalities of recorded history.
So it is left to the occasional photograph, mention of a skill or peering into the houses they used to live occupy in an attempt to put together an idea of the person behind the veil of time.
My initial forms are beginning to carry ideas and marks of history and the glazing process will also add information. I intend to create a large number of these, each individual in shape and size representing the women and the children they nurtured or had to bury in times when health took a much larger number of lives than it does today.
And so the year begins.