What is memory? How do we form and recall memories- what limits or enables this exercise? How does memory affect our self identity and the way we interact with the world around us? My project is to research these questions and explore new ways of depicting the answers I may find. I am interested in the intangible and subjective nature of memory, the ambiguous effect on reality that one's perception can incur; as well as the actual physiological nature of the brain, its neuroplasticity and potential for memory recall. In producing this body of work I seek to evoke these counter truths as they exist together. Without explicit use of imagery or direct representation my aim is to uninhibit the work from any preconceived notions a viewer may bring and to instead draw out an unassumed response from the viewer. The material quality of paint as a medium for research is an important element for understanding the work. Its capacity for permanence, expressed once a mark dries or is reiterated, plays against its own dual nature of impermanence, as something that can be destroyed, manipulated, washed away, covered up etc. In applying such an ambiguous tool to our examination of memory we can approach the subject with a broader understanding, and allow for the flexibility of thought that such engagement requires.
University / Institution: Utah Valley University
Type: Visual Arts
Format: In Person
SESSION A (9:00-10:30AM)
Area of Research: Arts
Faculty Mentor: Alexandra Giannell