Memory jars (also known as 'ugly jugs') originate in Africa and were brought to the US with the slaves. Trinkets belonging to a deceased family member would be attached to a jug or jar, for use in the afterlife. It would then be used as a grave marker and filled with water, to help the relative on their way to the afterlife.
My memory jar is covered in objects from the Thames (oyster shells, terracotta, china, teeth). I made it to serve as a reminder of all the objects, and sometimes people, who are lost in its tides.
The memory jar will be on show at the Lightbox in Woking from 17th August to 4th September 2016.