Relic - by Katy Richardson and The Imperfect Orchestra
This collaboration with Imperfect Orchestra has been inspired by the legacy of a collection of documents and artefacts from the artist’s grandmother Dilys Richardson (nee Tully) who was born in 1922.
Katy Richardson was Dilys’s first grandchild, and in the early part of 1978, a few months after Katy’s birth, she began keeping a journal and scrapbook of memories, both of her experience of becoming a grandparent and her recollections of her earlier life. She continued to write this until the end of the 1980s, around which point she began to develop dementia. Approximately 10 years later she began sending Katy anonymous parcels, including her wedding dress. Then, around 2005, she sent the journal.
An exploration of the unreliability of memory, this performance uses film, voice, live music and found sounds to create a multi-layered installatory performance which leads the viewer through an interpretation of failing memory.