My holidays as a child were spent at the sea. Every summer my parents would rent a caravan on the front in Berwick upon Tweed. I would rejoice in the sharp sea air, the soft wet sand under my toes, the endless race of making castles before the icy sea washed them away with the wind in chase.
I return now, older. Inside, looking out. One slither of sunlight as the outside comes to me and I sit and gaze. I gaze out of my caravan window and I remember the smells, the sounds. This is a window which invites the outside to come in and with it come the memories of my childhood.
Fiona Crisp’s large photographic prints depict a snapshot of caravan interiors with the windows leading onto the wider world of life outside. The viewer finds themselves in a liminal space; not physically part of Crisp’s captured world yet a part of it through their gaze and viewpoint. These works also give access to other spaces – those of memory and nostalgia; the traditional British seaside holiday, familiar and cosy as reflected in the safe caravan interiors. However the images are not the memory, they are something new and removed; a fragmentation of familiarity in place and viewpoint which are pieced together in this cropped image, framed and placed in the gallery space.
Katie Alice Fitz Gerald
- Artwork Details: 121 x 151cm
- Edition: 1 of 3
- Material description: photographic paper, MDF and aluminium
- Credit line: © the artist
- Medium: Photograph
- Accession number: ACC34/2000