Ali Scott

One Half of a Whole is from a series of small paintings charting and celebrating my childhood through nostalgic food memories, prompted by grocery lists from my shielding parents during lockdown. The series became a fond tribute to my parents and this piece is a poignant ‘portrait’ of my Mum, now, sadly, without Dad. 

My elderly parents’ exercise regime consisted of a daily walk to a café, where they would always half a piece of cake between them. Married 66 years, they were inseparable sweethearts, until my Dad’s recent death in November 2020 at the age of 94.

It seemed appropriate to follow my family’s ethos (hoarders of all things that ‘could be used for something’) and dismantle an old family chest-of-drawers, which was beyond repair, to salvage pieces to use for this series of paintings.