Time is unyielding.
We see beauty and heartbreak simultaneously as memories form, degrade, reform, and repeat. I am interested in the fragility of this cycle and the slippage of information that is concurrently blurred and cemented with each recollection. I am fascinated by the ways we care for memories over time and the shifting negotiations our neural pathways make to build, solidify and maintain these connections.
In valuing the preciousness of memory, I seek time and space to slow down and consider its’ relationship to materials. I reflect on the interconnectedness of memory and matter by sourcing materials from my home environment and those close to me. The materials I acquire are reflective of my personal histories and selected to embrace the lingering physicality noted in sacred memories I contemplate over. Encapsulating the essence of these memories through material selection, manipulation and archiving fortifies the bonds between the pair, making the relationship more sustainable.
With an attention to politics of function, I utilize durational counting, focused meditation and repetitive action to inform the slow, systematic building of carefully elaborate objects and assemblages. Repetitive actions of beading, tying knots, and plucking feathers provide a fixed rhythm that encourages active remembrance and self-reflexivity. While making, I practice mindfulness to anchor the mental strength and endurance necessary to further reinforce these connections between memory and material.
The resulting material-objects are imbued with emotion. They are innately precious, reflecting the inherent vulnerability of our memory networks as they easily regroup and shift in composition with each installation. This ability to build and shift structure leads me to consider the hierarchies of information that are saved and examine the associative values found in my recollections. Here, I contemplate the non- fixity of my memories and find romance in my quest to delay their impermanence.