'Southern Dolls House'. Pigment on archival paper, from photo transfer. From her Australian exhibition, 'Of no particular order'.
In ‘Of no particular order’ Rossanne Pellegrino explores time, space and memory through an evocative body of photographic imagery. The artists’ work touches upon themes of memory and nostalgia, retrospectively looking at moments, people, objects and places that she has at some point encountered.
Throughout her work, the notion of fragility, impermanence, and a forever evolving world exists; all of which are influenced by the passing of time. In order to continue evolving, the artist presents the idea that one needs to look back to the past and does so by producing photographic images that aim to mimic memory exactly as she sees it. In effect, this is a process of recording memory onto paper: the blurred edges, the heightened colours, and warbled subjects, the omitted details and the nameless faces; the imagery is a surreal spin on realistic scenes and objects that exist or have existed. These are accounts of moments and places in history, accounts that may have altered and blurred through the passing of time. Endings may have been changed, surroundings altered slightly and new characters may be included- though who can tell, as memories are fragile and susceptible to change.
Like the imagery, the technique behind this body of work is an amalgamation of several sources. With the use of photography, photo transfer techniques and hand colouring, the artist is able to create her ‘memories on paper’ effect. Through her experimental photography, she also confronts change and the way in which this influences the ability of human memory to record past events. She points out that as our surroundings change over time, our opinions, memories and ideas change just as quickly; it often takes hindsight to recognise that this has happened.