The series began from my wish to examine my memories of a ‘nude man’ who lived with his mother in a very conventional 1960’s bungalow. This faceless young man with an erection, sporting a pair of Jesus sandals has become part myth with the passage of time. My work explores the representation of memory. Through the use of documentary, constructed images and text, these memories and relationships are described and manipulated. Lover, the village of my birth, acts as a metaphor for real and imagined events. It is a representation of the places I once found familiar. I examine and describe the perceptions and experiences I have accumulated over the absent years. Focusing on my early teenage years I use the images in a narrative context to revisit and reveal my story and to develop a personal visual language.
Cheryl Newman is an artist and independent curator of photography living in London. Her personal practice looks at the mythology of space and memory. Cheryl is the 2019 Curatorial Director of PondyPHOTO a public arts festival in Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India and a nominator for the Deutsche Börse Photography Art MA Students 2018 WHO WE ARE Photography prize. She is on the Faculty of the Bilder Nordic School in Oslo and lectures at universities in the UK.