Gates is an artist who uses a combination of found photography with her own images. Gates works with her personal family archive. She is both a collector and hoarder of images and memories. For over 40 years her mother compulsively kept and stored all her clothes, and since then her father has meticulously logged and catalogued them, whilst Gates has photograhed them. Using a combination of snapshots of her mother taken by her father, with her own photographs of the clothes, what emerges is a three-dimensional portrait of the family unit. The work began when Gates' mother was suffering from Alzheimer's and ends a few months after she has passed away. What remains is this work which speaks of presence, absence, memory and loss.
Emma Gates Personal Statement.
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Brian, Christine and Benjamin - Christmas Day 1991.
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Brian and Christine Gates - Married, 28th March 1970.
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Brian, Christine and Benjamin - Broadstairs, Summer 2007.
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Christine and Benjamin - St Ives, Cornwall, 2000.
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Christine and Emma, Sitges, Spain 1985.
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Christine - 165 Knights Croft, June 1971.
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Fred, Christine, Emma and Benjamin - 1990.
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Christine and Fred - Thames Barrier Gardens, 2003.
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Emma and Christine holding hands - Keston Ponds, Kent, May 1984.
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Christine - Swanage, April 2007.
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Christine holding Emma - Italy, June 1980.
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Christine on a donkey - Santorini, Greece, 1995.
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Christine, Benjamin and Emma - 169 Knights Croft, November 1990.
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Benjamin and Christine - Lunch on the balcony, Greece, 1995.
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Christine - Paris, April 1995.
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Emma and Christine - London, 2006.
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Christine - Petra, Lesbos, Greece, 1998.
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Christine and Fred - Westerham, 2005.
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Christine - Crete, Greece, May 1976.
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Benjmain, Christine and Brian - Rhoda, Greece, July 1993.
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Emma and Christine reading a book - 169 Knights Croft, September 1980.
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Emma, Christine and Giuditta - Emma’s Second Birthday, 28th October 1981.
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Christine wearing her favourite hat, Broadstairs 2007.
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Christine and Benjamin - Knowl Park, Sevenoaks, 1992.
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Emma and Christine - Blue Bell Railway, East Sussex, May 1983.
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Christine and Benjamin - Pembroke, February 1992.
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Mrs Christine Gates in her new house - March 1970.
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Christine pouring champagne - Garden party, Summer 1991.
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Christine, Benjamin and Emma - 169 Knights Croft, 25th December 1987.
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Emma and Christine holding hands on steps - Spain, September 1981.
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Stephen, Joseph, Phillis and Christine.
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Emma and Christine - Christmas Day 1980.
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Christine on the balcony - Crete, Greece, May 1976.
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Emma and Christine - Majorca, 2009.
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Christine and Benjamin - 87 Newquay Road, January 1988.
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Christine and Brian - March 1995.
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1 Christine's Clothes.
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Christine and Benjamin - Norfolk, April1996.
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Christine and Emma - West Hill Hospital, Dartford, October 1979.
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Christine wearing yellow shoes - Athens, Greece, April 1973.
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Christine - Paralia Astros, 3rd August 1999.
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Christine - Cannes, April 2008.
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Christine - Zakynthos, July 1994.
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Christine and Benjamin - Laughing, 169 Knights Croft, November 1990.
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Christine - Village Day, June 1972.
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Emma and Christine - Puerto Soller, Spain, June 1981.
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Emma and Christine - 169 Knights Croft, April 1980.
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Christine, Benjamin and Emma - Christmas morning 1997.
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Christine, Benjamin and Brian - Sherringham, October 2001.
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Christine and Benjamin - 86 Birkhall Road, Summer 1987.
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Graeme and Christine - Millennium morning, St Ives.
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Christine holding Benjamin - 30th November 1986.
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Emma and Christine shopping - Aigua Blava, Spain, September 1981.
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Emma and Christine - Cala Ratjada, Spain, June 1984.
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Brian, Christine and Benjamin - St Day, Cornwall, 1987.
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Christine next to Emma cutting the cake, October 1985.
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Christine holding Emma - 28th October 1980.
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Brian and Christine - Sunderland, September 1969.
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Christine and Benjamin - 169 Knights Croft, November 1986.
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Christine holding Emma - Bath, August 1980.
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Christine and Benjamin - Corfu, Greece, 1988.
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Christine - Kent, 1995.
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