Flying Through Amber: The Last Wish of
Old Library, University of Derby Green Lane Campus
2 October 22 October
Monday to Friday,
8am to 9pm
Anne Marie Creamer and Andrew Grassie
An elderly émigré (former child of the kinder-transport)
longs to recall images of home. Unable to do so, he looks
to his imagination - a hopeless fantasy, in pursuit of a
sense of origin. Simultaneously, a woman describes seeing
the beseeching ghost of an old man.
In the past the old man commissioned a painter named Andrew
to make a painting, based on the memories of his parents'
living room, which he had not seen since he was a very young
The painter is modeled on contemporary artist Andrew Grassie,
who collaborated on this project and appears as a fictional
character within the narrative. Grassie's painting, The
Squat of Wolfe Lenkovitz, London 2004, is installed
simultaneously as a 'real' and fictitious object.
Flying Through Amber subtly combines film and hand-drawn
images with an interwoven 'stream-of-consciousness' narration
from the old man and the observer. Creamer works to create
a fluid journey through the city in order to explorethe
transience of memory and identity within a fragmented evocative
fantasy. By transforming the original live footage through
re-colouring and digitally over-painting she suggests a
photographic yet painterly surface that produces images
which are both familiar but strangely distant and out of
For Flying Through Amber Anne Marie was awarded
the Evelyn Williams Drawing Fellowship in 2003-2004, and
the Foundation and Center for Contemporary Art, Prague,
Czech Republic, International-artist-in-residence award.