‘Memories of childhood’ is a wire armature on which passersby are asked to write a childhood memory on a tag and tie it to the bear.
When complete the tags make up the fabric of the bear, just as memories make us who we are.
Rolled out at the 2012 Yarra Valley Open Studios, it sparked conversation amongst visitors as they left the studio, (usually with smiles on their faces,) as they had recalled a childhood memory. They then proceeded to tell their partner, friend the memory. It was a lovely exchange to watch.
In a shopping environment, this action and interaction is a gentle reminder to consumers of what is important in life. This is part of the ‘Life Not Stuff/accumulation of stuff’ series that has informed Ali’s artwork since the ‘Black Saturday’ bush fires of 2009.