"To be placeless in one's remembering is not only to be disoriented; it is to be decidedly disadvantaged with regard to what a more complete mnemonic experience might deliver. Places serve to situate one's memorial life."
The Philosopher: E. Casey
The collection Landscapes of Longing is inspired by the epic allegorical poem ‘The Faerie Queene’ written for Elizabeth I by English Poet Edmund Spenser (1590). “Mirrored reflections sooth my eyes and I sink into the past dreaming of knights and their ladies, love, trickery and betrayal”. Recently exhibited as part of 'Back & Fill: An Exhibition' Round Tower, Portsmouth, arranged by the Hotwalls Studios in collaboration with Marine Studios in Margate, celebrating the creativity and resilience of coastal artists, uniting coastal communities across the UK.
The artists book England Remembered presents the 'thoughts of home' of the soldier poets fighting on the Western Front. “The soldiers who sought to share the emotional turmoil of the Great War through their poetry and writings have here inspired a group of modern-day writers”. View archive photographs uncovered in the research for this book on Instagram @englandremembered. Read the extended biographies of the soldier poets in the englandremember.blog. A dedicated England Remembered website with further details of this charity book is planned for 2022. (Photographs published with kind permission of the National Trust and West Dean Gardens. Supported by the University of Portsmouth).
"Is it possible to preserve a memory or are they like history an inevitable series of adaptations re-told in numerous different versions as we progress through our lives. Sometimes it is a sudden recollection that sparks a journey back in time triggered by sight, sound or smell that is purer before we have the chance to analyse our feelings or responses..."
Jacky Dillon MA
Jacky Dillon graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a BA (Hons) in Photography (2002) and has completed an MA in Art, Design & Media (2008).
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