The internal processes by which we remember and learn (mnēmē) are in tension with the exterior mnemonic devices of writing, photography, and archives (hypomnēsis). Attempts to accurately record and document our lives often disrupt the living, intersubjective memory it is meant to aid. This dichotomy plays out in both the interpersonal sphere of relationships and identity, and in the socio-political sphere of history, governance, and economics. Our contemporary postmodern condition, as shaped by technologic developments, is marked by an increased skepticism about testimony, witness, and experience and a greater reliance on data-driven information and the structure of the database. Increasingly, in both the personal and political spheres, it is the hypomnēsis paradigm of the archive that shapes our understanding of reality and truth. In short, the database threatens to replace narrative structures as the primary mode of representation, meaning making, and remembering.
It is this tension that my work explores as I attempt to understand myself and the world around me through my own limited perspective. I am interested in the psychological impulse to both document and narrativize one’s life and the inherent shortcomings of these conflicting approaches. By investigating the conventions and aesthetics of digital and physical archives and by drawing parallels between the personal and socio-political, my work resists essentializing forms of knowledge production that both narratives and archives can produce. Simultaneously through these very shortcomings my work explores the possibility for dialogic and relational ways of knowing.
I Think you Appear in this Video
four channel video, audio 2020
At the Edge of a Clearing oil on Canvas 30" x 48" 2020
video, audio, found window
12min 31sec, 54" x 32"
View from Nowhere
Oil on Canvas 30" x 36" 2020
We Owe Ourselves to Death
postcards from South Carolina, found photographs, a photo transfer of a Civil War casualty from the Library of Congress with the figure digitally removed and oil on panel 32" x 36" 2020
Projections (in / out)
Home is a House My Grandfather Built
pages from Illustrated Housebuilding by Graham Blackburn, 1974 and oil on panel 36" x 36" 2020