Rebecca Heath

Rebecca Heath, Forgotten 2013

Rebecca talks about her final project ‘Forgotten’ 2013, nominated for a Nova Award.

CSM’s Nova nominees are put forward by their Course Leaders and represent the strongest talent across the degree shows. Here, Rebecca provides an insight into the work which earned her a prestigious place as a Nova nominee.

Forgotten

Tobacco consumption is recognised as the UK’s single greatest cause of preventable illness and early death, with an estimated 102,000 people dying in 2009 from smoking related diseases including cancers. Around 86% of lung cancer deaths in the UK alone are caused by smoking tobacco. My Grandfather, Derek Victor Mansel Brewin, died at the age of 57 due to lung cancer, he was a smoker. Unfortunately due to this illness I was never able to meet him. Through a collection of family images along with possessions he owned such as music he composed and poems he wrote, I have pieced together a vision of what I believe to be his life. With time constantly shifting, the memory I have created has details missing and features blurred. The vision has an element of being lost, found and rediscovered, capturing the audience and becoming lost in time. I am constantly within reaching distance of creating an exact visualisation of my grandfather yet it will never be fully accomplished. The project explores a celebration of his life as well as my representation of him.