Caitlin Heffernan at The Gun and Spitroast pub and Horsmonden Social Club

Letters Home

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photo: Ellen Montelius

27 January  - June 2014

Heffernan uses, adapts and transforms domestic objects to create sculptural forms that are inspired by a variety of elements drawn from personal and social histories. She also creates immersive installations that use craft elements, drawing and photography, drawing on traditions of assemblage and installation.

Letters Home used the photographic memorial archive of fallen First World War soldiers held in the Horsmonden Social Club, as a basis of research to develop a body of work in response to an exploration of the local archives relating to the memorial. Heffernan contacted local families and historians in her search for information about the home life of any of the soldiers on the memorial and whether any letters had been sent home by them while they were at war. Using quotes from letters and other archive material, she has printed these words onto beer mats, beer and wine glasses, which are currently being served to customers in the Gun and Spitroast Pub and the Horsmonden Social Club. In addition, Heffernan has created a series of small framed mixed media interventions using her drawing and archive materials, on display in both venues, further contextualising the uncovered stories by relating in more detail to the stories of the family members left behind by the soldiers.

Heffernan has written a blog of her creative journey