I’ve only been here half my life, a video exhibition by Jessie Growden, channels the artist’s personal experience of growing up in Hawick and explores the town’s former Peter Scott Knitwear mill.
Developed and completed as part of an artist residency with Alchemy Film & Arts, I’ve only been here half my life consists of several video works, two of which capture and document the Peter Scott mill as it was during the summer and winter of 2018. Two other videos interweave present and remembered views of Hawick, including excerpts from the artist’s own teenage diary, with artefacts rescued from the mill – neck labels on the one hand, postcards sent to the factory from Sweden and Norway during the 1960s on the other.
Mapping intensely personal experiences of Hawick to the town’s industrial heritage and position within an international trade, I’ve only been here half my life also includes the creation of a new book by the artist featuring images of Peter Scott in 2018 as well as essays and writings about the project.
This commission is part The Teviot, the Flag and the Rich, Rich Soil – a programme which explores the pasts, presents and futures of Hawick, researching and investigating the town and wider region’s cultural identities in relation to land, water, industry, territory, place and environment.
Jessie Growden started making films in 2014, and is a founding member of the Moving Image Makers Collective. Her videos explore place, landscape and personal experiences through a playful approach to recording images. Her work focuses on the detail, the sentimental and the throwaway, and the history and lives of objects and places.