Throughout history, the book has been a utilized as a means of recording and preserving memory and history; both in a social and personal context. As our society shifts to more and more digital platforms, the book is in a state of flux, however, institutions take great strides to preserve and repair many books and manuscripts that are deemed important. However, many of these books, manuscripts, and journals are never salvaged and completely decay and disappear.
My ongoing body of work uses the dismantled and decaying antique book as metaphor for memory and more specifically memory loss. I use the interior pages of the book, both the blank end pages that are devoid of information and the interior text pages, presented out of order and lacking context. I am interested in what happens to these memories when they can no longer be remembered. Like the question of the tree in the forest, if the individual can no longer recall an event or memory, did it ever really occur?
In my series of work upheavals and outbursts, I am interested in what happens to those memories and events that we choose to forget or ignore. Often we deeply bury memories that we just plain do not want to deal with or remember, however, eventually something will trigger these memories to rise to the surface and breakthrough in perhaps an unpleasant or confrontational manner.