I work in sculpture and mixed media installations, in palimpsest form, like memories of texts that have been erased away, a trace left behind, a reminder that the past existed and still somehow prevails. I am inspired by research into twentieth century French philosophy, specifically Jacques Derrida’s concept of identity and Henri Bergson’s theories of memory and time. I question the possibility of truths. I use both found and crafted objects, build them up, split, rip and decay them down to reclaim the past, visualize history, and merge the past with the present and the future.
The present is now. We cannot return to the past, although we can pretend to remember it, and in doing so, we acknowledge the present. We are always recreating an idea of the past with remembrances, creating a new idea of the past that has never been experienced. The now is where we remember. The past is always now. Every present second is now in the past. Now. Now. Now. The past cannot be adequately articulated, the present always gets in the way, and memory confuses the recollection of actions. Feelings are impossible to literally recall. The memory of physical pain is impossible to conjure, but so are so-called facts. The viewer understands that they are looking into the past, but just what that past is, is unclear.
There is a metaphor to humanity as well. An object, a body, a face of a person is presented to the world. We often don’t see the hidden layers unless we excavate. There are some cases where we can see, clues to the past in humans are scars, burns, visible layers that show through to the present. Some of these signifiers are impossible to pinpoint; and the story that we are able to create with these markings may not have anything to do with their narrative, but these layers are entryways into questions about history and memory.