‘Just last week I read the first few lines in Milan Kundera's 1984 book, the Unbearable Lightness of Being - "The idea of perpetual return is a mysterious one, and Nietzsche has often perplexed other philosophers with it; to think that everything recurs as we once experienced it, and that the recurrence itself recurs ad infinitum! What does this mad myth signify?". These words seem to reflect perfectly the situation I find myself in with my current project which is bringing together (ok, synthesising!) transitional objects, Florence Muriel, the dolls, value systems, domestic work, memory triggers on, and on and on and on, aha - ad infinitum - infinity - just what I was thinking!
So here are some drawings - "automatic drawings", (I must learn to use correct phraseology!) just scribbles really! and, with their uncovering, memories have surfaced, memories of the precise relationships in my life at the times when the pen met the paper, and maybe also showing how little "the real me" has actually changed over the years!
Anyway enough philosophising - they are just "doodles" after all....?’
Liz Smith, 1973
Liz Smith, 1988 or thereabouts
Liz Smith, Feb 2012