Lost at Home

This is a printed documentary of the life of 81-year-old Peggy. As a young married women in the 1950s, her marital home was a central importance and became a container for over half a century of memories. Overtime, the place in which we make our home becomes a comfort of familiarity, and the possessions in which we fill the home with become unnoticed consistencies throughout our life. For many, having to move house in elderly life is inevitable, and for Peggy this was a time of great sadness. Having to let go of her beloved marital home was traumatic and this book explores the lasting impression the marital home, as a place, had on her life. It is broken up into 3 sections, mirroring the 3 different places she has lived, signified by the door numbers, but all remembering and longing for the comfort and happy memories of the marital home.
Today 1 in 6 people over 80 years old have Dementia and sadly Peggy is one of them. The progressive onset of Dementia has made it increasingly difficult for her to hold onto these memories, and Lost at Home visually narrates the fragmentation and distortion caused by Dementia. Using the concept of printer’s marks to signify the alignment and later misalignment of Peggy’s memory, found imagery from her life is arranged in correlation with the onset of her Dementia. Once the point of Dementia has been reached, the crop markers get progressively, yet covertly, smaller as the book goes on, symbolising Peggy’s memory capacity. In addition, the colour bars and page information suffer colour loss and distortion to reflect the chemical process of film photographs fading and discolouring over time.

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