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Odette England
Thrice Upon a Time

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Odette England, Dad #5 (Right Foot), Archival pigment print from damaged negative,
2005/2012, Edition 1/3, Signed verso, Coutesy of KLOMPCHING GALLERY.

Artist Statement
I grew up on a dairy stud farm in South Australia. Falling milk prices and rising maintenance costs forced my parents, under the threat of bankruptcy, to sell everything and leave in 1989 when I was fourteen.

Twenty-two years later, Mum and Dad performed a kind of homecoming on my behalf. Every month for one year, from December 2010, they revisited our former family farm, wearing on the soles of their shoes a set of negatives I had made at the farm in 2005, when I took photographs of places where they had made snapshots of me as a child. As my parents walked the farm, the negatives became abraded and imprinted with local dirt and debris. The negatives were then returned to me, some so damaged they had to be pieced together with tweezers.

Thrice Upon a Time is a movement of reclamation and transcription. Since I cannot work the land with my hands, I work it through the lens, and allow it to work the lens too, in a sense, through the tread of my parents. The dominant motive for this work is my longing for an idealized vision of home, for the sake of which I remove my parents’ agency, much as I feel my own agency removed. The resulting images mythologize my holy land, an inheritance I ache for. My parents are semi-supervised ghosts; I ask them when and where to haunt. Their repetitive, ritualistic motion helps me remember, depict, and fantasize.

Artist Bio
Odette England (b. 1975, South Australia) has participated in exhibitions across Europe, the United States, and Australia including solo exhibitions at Light House, Wolverhampton, UK; Three White Walls Gallery, Birmingham, UK; and Durham Art Gallery, Durham, UK; and in group exhibitions at KLOMPCHING GALLERY, New York, NY; Photofusion, London UK; the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO; Host Gallery, London, UK: and the Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR.

She is a two-time UK winner of the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Emerging Photographers competition and has achieved wins and honorary mentions in the Px3 De La Photographie Paris competition; the London International Creative competition; and the International Photography Awards. Most recently, she is the recipient of the Hotshoe Magazine Photofusion Award (2010) and the CENTER $5000 Project Launch Award (2012).

England is represented in the United States on the East Coast by KLOMPCHING GALLERY.