Crashes #5, from the series Crash Markers (2008)

Roadside crash marker programmes in Australia aim to raise awareness of road safety by identifying where fatal and serious injury crashes have occurred. The markers are standard guideposts, coloured black or red with a symbolic reflector. Odette England knows something of these. An accident victim herself, she can recall flashes of her life history intertwined with the landscape as the car rolled and buckled. They are hazy, distorted, unnerving visions seen in the face of mortality, and she cannot forget them.

Here, England deals with her inability to forget physical detail and incident. She reinterprets the torrent of random ‘snapshots’ that piled into her mind by creating new memories based on the locale of the fates of others. New memories controlled though accidental, frenetic layering until ‘peace’ is found.

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Roadside crash marker programmes in Australia aim to raise awareness of road safety by identifying where fatal and serious injury crashes have occurred. The markers are standard guideposts, coloured black or red with a symbolic reflector. Odette England knows something of these. An accident victim herself, she can recall flashes of her life history intertwined with the landscape as the car rolled and buckled. They are hazy, distorted, unnerving visions seen in the face of mortality, and she cannot forget them.

Here, England deals with her inability to forget physical detail and incident. She reinterprets the torrent of random ‘snapshots’ that piled into her mind by creating new memories based on the locale of the fates of others. New memories controlled though accidental, frenetic layering until ‘peace’ is found.

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