Our memories both free and swallow us, emerging in the past but inhabiting the present. They may soothe or restrain us, providing comfort or inhibiting progress. Eluding capture and morphing evasively, memories remain an intangible yet determinate facet of our conscious and unconscious experience. My work both personally and collaboratively examines the contents and voids of individualmemories, both traumatic and mundane, and their entanglement in our present experience.
Gazing through the lens of the objects we designate to represent our memories, I study the complex system of letting go. My personal experience of processing trauma through forgetting, re-remembering, collapse, disorientation, questioning, righting, refiguring, incorporating, and finally accepting, has lent me the desire to understand the experience of this variant narrative in others. My practice provokes us to consider:
How do the objects and ideals we hold on to both ground and tether us? How are memories re-inscribed through these objects both in our thoughts and bodies? Through interviews, photographs, writings, and silences, the relationships between these sentiments and their caretakers are explored.
When considering the infinite act of letting go, these complicated questions leach to the surface: When we rely on our traumas to define and suffuse us, what happens when we let go? What can be learned from this momentary emptiness and how can allowing this release open the potential for new experiences, more authentic connections, and a genuine sense of freedom?