Locating Suburbia: memory, place, creativity, 2013, 1, pp. 103 - 123
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There are many ubiquitous notions of the modern Western 'home' including psychological, spatial and emotional. As a universal social construct, its principle differentials are cultural and inter relational. Despite a collective metaphorical `family' ownership of the space, 'home' as a notion is a fleeting experience, invested with immense and overarching meanings for individual members. `Home' as an imagined concept entails 'apparent permanency, presumed security and privacy' but in reality the individual experiences of it are multiple and changing continuously. And comparatively, multiply varied according to individual memory - each memory a small piece of a larger, jointly-owned private story, often scattered with secrets. Blending the physical with the emotional, this paper is an exploration of how ephemeral the family `home' is. Within the parameters of a childhood, this paper investigates memory and `home', specifically a non fiction artefact of life writing circulating around three real Sydney spaces, embedded in one family member's experience of a dysfunctional relationship. Revisiting each as creative memoir, the paper represents an individual rendering and re-representation of secret moments within these shared communal spaces. The narrative travels from third to first to second person as a method of representing a series of dissociative and fragmentary recollections, focussing specifically on three `moments'. The text is accompanied by contemporary photographic images threaded throughout, and an original drawing, depicting each `home' in the abstract, correlating with the disconnected and individual nature of the memoir.
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