The art of Fay Ballard

Kubicki, Kathy (2014) The art of Fay Ballard. In: Ballard, Fay, (ed.) House Clearance : Fay Ballard. London, U.K.


Following JG Ballard’s death, his daughter and artist Fay Ballard found clues to her mother who died when she was a child, that provoked hidden and forgotten memories. This has formed the background to her art practices including the medium of family photography, drawings and found objects that belonged to her parents. The essay also explores biography and how this impacts on creative processes. Interviews with the artist at her family home and studio revealed many ways that the memories from childhood were key in how she created the drawings and installations in the exhibition. In conversations the art, that on the surface seemed stable and secure, but on reflection was confined and repressed. Researching the relationship between memory and photography via the family photographs from the Ballard suburban home became key in exploring the work in the exhibition and writing about it. Alongside were key objects that had provoked memories for Fay Ballard, and gave her the impetus to create the works and to explore her personal family history and childhood memories.

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