Monthly Archives: February 2008

`Why would I want to commit to just one place?’, Caroline Watson, Leek, Staffordshire, England, 9 February 2008

`I suppose I come nearest to being a cosmopolitan. I very consciously try to define myself as global. I’ve travelled extensively throughout my whole life. I have a passion for languages. I just adore travel, new experiences, having adventures. That, to me, is far more my lifeblood than a commitment to one particular place. I think the world is so rich. It’s amazing. It’s absolutely beautiful. Why would I want to commit to just one place?’

`Why have I chosen no objects? For me, what’s really important is a spiritual identity rather than being attached to particular objects or places. It’s very important for me to be liberated from material possessions, non-attached.’

`Where do I Belong?’, Caroline Watson, Leek, Staffordshire, England, 9 February 2008

`I was born in Hong Kong. My parents are British, so I am technically from England although I have lived most of my life in Asia and I now live in China. I always feel very liberated by the fact that I have no one particular place that is called home. I guess my emotional feeling of home, of deep familiarity and association with a place would relate to Hong Kong. But I’m aware that I will never quite be accepted as belonging to Hong Kong, which is something I struggle with. People want to label you and say you’re from England, but that never sits quite right with who I am. To be honest, it is a liberation.’

Reproduction Hand-Coloured Photograph of the Palace of Fontainbleau [n. d.], Bought in the Butter Market, Leek, Staffordshire, England, 9 February 2008

`I’m very passionate about France and Germany, Belgium, Spain and Italy. In some ways my connection is more with Continental Europe than it would be with England.’

`I have an ambiguous relationship with England’, Caroline Watson, Leek, Staffordshire, England, 9 February 2008

`Rather than a particular association with England, I do have an affinity with Europe, but Continental Europe.’