Ian Everard was born in St Ives, Cornwall, England, where the waves crash over the housetops. It is a place that sounds fantastical in many ways like something you would hear about in the film Big Fish. He revisits this place through his work by recreating historical photographs in meticulous detail – accurate, but incomplete.
Searching through his own history, he began to think about birthplace and our connection to our first home, about memory and imagination, reality and reconstruction. What do we truly remember of our birthplaces and how have we adjusted those memories over the years?
During his residency at the de Young museum, Everard will create and present finished works and works in progress about where he is from. Yet, his story is just a starting point; the artist is interested in creating a space open to other peoples’ stories. Museum visitors will be invited to share their connections to their own origins as part of the installation. Thoughts and memories will become a visual and multimedia installation through drawings, written and spoken word, and video.