About the Picture
The picture deals with memory. The old house is the house of childhood. Lollipop trees stand on each corner of its courtyard:
a gingerbread house straight out of the pages of a fairy tale. Like Hansel and Gretel as adults lost in the wild woods of
maturity we look upon the sweet yet sinister innocence of our youth. A prehistoric fish stands fossilised on a plinth. We
can only ever view those formative years as we view the strangest creatures mounted in glass cases in the Natural History
Museum: another place that stirs memories for me. An ancient eye stares from the house's walls; it sees everything. The
title of the painting refers to a song by The Smiths: Are you still there? Or have you moved away? I would love to go back
to the old house, but I never will.
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