Kendrea Rhodes is a visual artist and writer living in South Australia. Her articles, photography and artwork have appeared in local, state, national and international publications; and her original art has been exhibited since 1999.
She is driven by a unique family history story based in Victoria and is currently exploring the historical fiction genre in short story format through a Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours, at Flinders University, South Australia.
The stories on this website use words & images, fiction & fact, pixels & paint. Please join us on this digital encounter to discover the art of story telling and story listening: read Kendrea’s latest posts or visit Kendrea’s Gallery.
Stories are how we remember
Stories are flexible. They are told, expressed, seen, heard, drawn, painted, imagined, experienced, embellished, retold, remembered, misremembered and consumed.
Our everyday lives are a multitude of anecdotes, most of which rely on a shared memory, story or conditioning. The cooperative living in our society is an agreement to these community stories and as a result, there’s more trust and acceptance in our world than we realize.
We trust the bus driver to drive us and we trust the chef not to poison us. We trust the fire fighter, policeman and ambulance to answer our call, and we trust that tomorrow will come in the same way that today did.
We retell, celebrate and attempt to learn from (or use) history, while following the rules of the system we live in. We trust our own truth. But we must continue to share stories, even if they’re different—especially when they’re different—because survival depends on memory.
Listen to your neighbour, your family, your annoying old auntie, and that seriously boring person at work. And don’t forget the taxi driver, the hairdresser, the butcher, the beggar, the child, the system, and the planet. Being active and present when listening may lead to something astounding: you might hear someone else’s voice.
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