There was very little art in my parent’s home apart from a single book on Cezanne from when my Mum took up painting for a brief period during the 1970s. From this time there is one existing painting she made that depicts the Essex Estuary. Mum told me she thought she ‘would be a great artist’ and painted in the upstairs spare room in-between bringing-up my older brother and doing a job carrot topping in the Norfolk countryside.
She tells me that looking at the painting brings back many memories including the smell of fresh peas as Birds Eye harvested them from below her window. There are a few objects remaining from my Mum’s painting days- the clichéd bean shaped palette my Dad made, which I later used at college before a tutor told me I couldn’t paint.
For the 0:4W Film Festival Reeves will present a documentary-essay film investigating her mother’s failed artistic dreams in the setting of her parent’s home and the Essex Estuary, exploring links between her Mother and Cezanne. Treating her Mother as if she was one of the ‘great masters’ Laura will be meeting with a conservator to discover the working process, methods and how the painting was made.
Reeves’s process begins with found images from junk shops and her family archive. Revealing something personal about her family she re-animates the material which often manifests as printed matter, photographic works and presentations, bringing forward the past into the present with her own perspective. Using slight humour coupled with a feeling of pathos she explores nostalgia, memory and storytelling by establishing an intimacy that engages the viewer’s shared memories and personal histories.