Memory as Product, 2014
clay, wire, paint, fabric, hair, acrylic
Memory has undeniable importance. It constructs who we are, how we act and how we perceive. However, depending on and trusting in something internal and subjective is quietly unsettling. When the people, environment and attributes of a memory fail to remain present, we are left with a void, grasping for something that we've distorted and skewed since the moment of its inception. This conflict led me to imagine a situation in which memories were able to be externalized as physical entities. If this externalization was a reality, what would it be like? Would we create them ourselves, or would they be manufactured by an outside organization? Would they become decayed, deformed and bitter over time, like a neglected fruit or vegetable? Would we share and trade them? Steal them? Destroy them? Would it comfort us to have an living artifact, as physical proof of a beautiful moment? Or terrify us that it could be lost, misplaced or stolen?
Through this project I propose that, like most other things, memories would become commodified. The memories were labeled and packaged similar to food products and must be kept in specific environments to remain "fresh".
An event was held where the memories were for sale at Art Bar Gallery in the Lower East Side. The "After The Show" memory was sold, all others remained. Since then, the memories have continued to breakdown over time. Many broke, others were thrown away, The only one that remains is "At The Bottom Of The Pool ".