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Wednesday, April 22 • 8:50am - 9:10am
Re-collection Immemorial: Exploring the Fragility of Memory

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Memory, the process of creating, interpreting, and recalling information, has always been essential for the human experience. However, for a tool of such significance, our memories are notoriously unreliable. It is this faulty nature that provided the driving force for Re-collection Immemorial. After discovering a study from Northwest University that found that the simple act of recalling alters memories to fit the present context, the artist produced a series of large scale drawings to reflect this idea. The fluidity of the materials used in these drawings, ink mixed with water, serves as a metaphor for making and recording memories. When the ink wash is pooled on the drawing surface it immediately stains, leaving a record, a memory, of its existence. As the water slowly evaporates, only ink reticulations are left behind; always lighter and less vibrant than their original state. Thus time, ink, and water collaborate to create a visual metaphor for experience and memory. After the water has evaporated, the process is repeated over and over again. Just as time passes and humans record more and more information to pile on top of the old, so does each drawing repeat the idea of layer on top of layer of information. Since every individual has different experiences, interpretations, and memories, the drawings use abstract forms that convey balance and complexity. This exploration into abstraction was influenced by contemporary non-representational artists such as Seana Reilly and Val Britton, as well as abstract expressionist such as Jackson Pollock. In sythesizing these works with the research, the series provided a sense of acceptance for the innate faulty nature of making and recalling memories.

Wednesday April 22, 2015 8:50am - 9:10am PDT
237 Owen Hall

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