A common thread within my work is the exploration of the perceptions we have of ourselves and the world around us, how they are shaped, and the role of memory in the recall and interpretation of these perceptions. Albert Einstein said, “Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events”, yet memory and our interpretation of it is further colored by the context under which individual memories are perceived and formed.

The human memory system is a complex database capturing, processing, and archiving every sensory experience and perception from the moment of birth, creating an archive of experiences and thoughts that direct our actions and reactions to new experiences. The ongoing unconscious narrative created by this stored data anchors us to a history and future, while creating a sense of “next,” our place in the future.

There is a dynamic of tension between the recording and the recall of these stored bits of perceived data. The ideas we have about ourselves, our world, and our place in it are shaped greatly by the context of the experiences or information stored in our memory, our ability to perceive them, and the circumstances under which we attempt to recall them. Questions emerge as we consider these concepts. For example, are these internal road maps and narratives in a state of flux and how do we reconcile them with our physical realities? How do we understand or interpret experiences when context and familiar reference points are removed or disoriented? Are today’s events coloring or obscuring our memory, or rather do we recall compromised data? Although my work does not attempt to provide answers, these ideas prompt visual explorations into the tension of navigating our inner and outer worlds.



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