Carry Gorney
Burnt Histories
the book of the Ancestry Exhibition


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Chinese Brush
Life drawings

Creating a Collage
If these images have triggered personal family memories, you might wish to commission a bespoke piece, unique to your own ancestors
I can make a textured, photo-fabric collage using your memorabilia.
I can also help you excavate your stories using family genograms and constellations.
Please contact me for more information.

I have created ghostly portraits using the torn pieces of lace and faded photographs carried out of Germany by my Granny and her sisters when they fled the Nazis. They were always sewing, even before” Kaiser Bill” led the Germans into World War One. My grandmother had longed to become a doctor, like her brother, to rip up her sewing, to rip open her corsets and to become herself.
I have ripped, scorched and singed the last fragments of their vanished world to create a series of ephemeral images. My heat distressed textures and wobbly embroidery melt us together across time, a reminder of Europe’s burnt histories.

I, too, am the daughter of refugees.