Ravelle Pillay
Untitled, 2021
Oil on canvas
Work: 91 x 91 cm

Pillay's work is informed by ideas of family, migration, nostalgia, personal and collective memory. Working primarily in painting and drawing, her practice has evolved from a process of archiving where she draws from personal and found images. Pillay notes; "These paintings are of people I know, strangers, familiar spaces, places I’ve never been, my own experiences and other people’s memories. These works began with a process of archiving — personal family archives, borrowed ones, assembled ones, temporary ones. Is the act of remembrance futile? Are we bound to forget? I am interested in the idea of material memory and memory objects. The material of the photograph, slowly undergoing a process of degradation, contrary to the very purpose of its creation.”