Hossein and Angela Valamanesh: Pat's Garden

As an institution that deals specifically with aged care and people who experience dementia we thought that there could be many exciting possibilities for us to explore.

Hossein and Angela Valamanesh *

As the first C3West project, Pat’s Garden saw Australian artists Hossein and Angela Valamanesh working alongside the organisation, Hammond Care to develop a lyrical and touching project that remembered the lives and memories of a group of the organisations patients. As an institution that deals specifically with aged care and people who experience dementia the artists thought there could be many exciting possibilities to explore.

This decision was based on the artists previous interest in the subject of memory; particularly in Hossein’s work with the idea of memory and its fragility, temporary nature, its unknown qualities.

During a residency period in the community, Hossein and Angela would regularly visit and observe the patients and staff members, to listen to the individuals and their own stories of memories and their lives past. The artists used this period of observation as inspiration and stimulus to generate a work of art that could be realised at a future date, but nonetheless based on personal interactions.

The residency process allowed the artists to understand their own interest in the subject of memory, through interpersonal dialogues. At this stage of the project, the outcome was uncertain save for an ongoing fascination with the relationship between objects and memory.

Once the residency was complete Hossein and Angela decided that they would produce a series of ceramic replicas of a group of objects that held significance for Hammond Care patients. Hossein worked with a local ceramicist, Selma Frida, to create the ceramic representations of various objects including flowers, glasses, books and balls.

These ceramics were then installed into the pathways of Pat’s Garden, a space designed and dedicated as a sanctuary, a delight for the senses and a safe outdoor space for the Hammond community. Pat’s Garden remains a living and growing memory of Pat Hooton, wife of principal supporter Ken Hooton who cared for Pat at home for over 20 years throughout her journey with Alzheimer’s.

Artists: Hossein and Angela Valamanesh
Ceramicist: Selma Friday
Business partner: Hammond Care, Liverpool

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Image: Hossein Valamanesh installing ceramic pieces at Pat’s Garden.
  • Hossein and Angela Valamanesh, Pat’s Garden, Artists Statement, 2007