'The Kept Object'
The Kept Object
Wendy Parker’s personal recollections and reflections on childhood and young adolescence have furnished both a time and a place for her The Kept Object research project. Memories derived from the intimate local spaces of the rituals of dawn fishing trips or afternoon tea provide triggers for investigations into objects that create a dialogue between past and present.
Ours was an aqueous life, however as swimmers and rock pool investigators we were brought sharply to land by the prospect of afternoon tea. A house on the water’s edge, open to Summer’s prevailing nor’easterly breezes, where the tidal chart was augmented with the daily schedule of meals at the family table.
There was the lure of the early morning surf and our confidence as small people to use the prevailing rip, “the escalator”, to speed us out past the rocks where we waited for the perfect wave that would shoot us back to the shallows of the beach, as heroes of the ocean.
When the tide was low we scavenged over the sandstone rim of the beach and observed the occupants of our favourite rock pools. We collected treasure and caught dinner. In winter the storm sea was felt through the foundations of the house as the waves pounded and crashed onto the beach and reverberated through the sand on which the house was built. The house was a refuge that held the stories.