Family Memories in the Digital Era

FAMILY ALBUM: At Seventeen from June 4 to July 4
FAMILY ALBUM: At Seventeen from June 4 to July 4

A new exhibition by a Deeside artist explores how we preserve our family memories, in a personal and moving collection on display at Seventeen this Summer.

For many years, Stephanie Vandem has focused on capturing people’s feelings through her portrait work.

Her new collection of work goes a step further, investigating how relationships and emotions can be understood through body language, further emphasised by the absence of facial features.

The artist also investigates the idea of ‘visual abundance’ and of what is ‘precious’ in the digital era.

Stephanie said: “Body language is what locks these characters together and reveals the nature of their emotions and intimacy.

“Today we find ourselves overloaded by repetitive images of ourselves and loved ones which made me wonder: do these images still hold any power, or does such visual abundance dilute the concept of a precious and unique family album? By selecting images that represent landmark moments only, I’m testing the ability of a single image to convey the nature and demands of a relationship and the implications of that moment on the future of the family members.

“I hope ‘Family Album’ might inspire others to look at their own ways of curating and preserving memories.”

The eleven paintings in ‘Family Album’ are supported by a film documentary made out of videos captured by the artist on her smart phone. This is a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of the creative process as the artist openly takes us through the stages of creating the artwork and opens the door to her family life, exposing how it has shaped, inspired or got in the way of completing the work.

The exhibition ‘Family Album’ will take place from June 4 to July 4 at Seventeen, Belmont Street, Aberdeen.