‘Burnt Memory’ is a continuation (from previous exhibitions) of the exploration of themes of childhood and how life experiences are ‘written’ on our skin. The series is concerned with memory and innocence and how we can often recreate rather than recall our childhood. This body of work also examines the representation of women and children in the history of art, but also challenges assumptions about class and culture.
Referencing Old Master paintings Tomasetti uses women and children from different cultures to replace the traditional ‘white middle class sitter’ of previous centuries. The sitters, carefully chosen by the artist for their ‘stillness’, are placed in large empty spaces to evoke haunting portraits that bring up issues of displacement, loss and grief.