Memories, the liminal in the everyday, combined with the historical collective are major themes in Gordon Chadwick’s work. His practice straddles a number of disciplines including objects, happenings, film and two-dimensional images along with poetry and music.
Story telling, combined with a strong narrative that explores how commonality is shared but experienced differently, is one of the central planks of his work. This is best described in the written piece around the Arboretum of Memory:
“Personal memory comes from a lived experience. Collective memory comes from absorbing the memories of others. Folk memory comes from passing on generational recollections and experiences. It is this multiplicity of memory allied to thought that guides us through the present.”