“Stories are able to help us to become more whole, to become Named. And Naming is one of the impulses behind all art; to give a name to the cosmos we see despite all the chaos.” - Madeleine L’ Engle
Stories put us in touch with our origins, binding us to a collective culture and set a context for understanding ourself and our history. Stories bring identity and add significance to our existence.
I am interested in the shifting fluidity of how our Story is told over time and how memory plays an illusive and emotional role in the telling of it. In our search for understanding our history, we might harvest information from personal recollections, oral stories, written records, photographs, and personal belongings in an attempt to understand who we are and where we come from.
Emotions often infuse our recollections. Memory plus emotion become mutable and subjective. Put time in the mix and fluctuating perception, perspective and opinion will germinate. Reinterpretations arise through cultural changes and life experiences. Memories fade and change leaving shadowed glimpses into our past. People who live the same outward experience in time and place may each have a very different inner interpretative experience.
Our personal records become the artifacts for future generations. Many of these relics will someday become compressed, reinterpreted or forgotten within a generation or two. Technology becomes outdated. Data is lost leaving a thin trail of clues to our past. Historical records and objects hold invaluable treasure that can help us try to decipher values, histories, ethics and customs of past generations yet it only gives us a tiny glimpse into who they were. History is molded by the people who take the time to record their experiences.
I have been on a quest to mine the stories that I find from photos, personal belongings as well as oral dialogue I have with my family. I am interested in recreating what I find into new forms of personal and historical interpretation. I layer images as well as incorporate physical relics and objects either inherited or found into my work to create personal as well as universal stories of origin, history, and identity.