My work explores the malleable nature of memory formation and recall, creating dubious narratives characterized by omission, distortion, and hyperbole. The simultaneous presence and absence within these works encourages the viewer toward recovery of some forgotten bit of personal experience—inviting one to provide a context for this moment that conforms to his or her own particular set of memories.
I have long been interested in how identity is tangled up in past experience. As perception and remembrance are imperfect, our every moment is subject to omission as well as misinterpretation and embellishment by the imagination or by emotion. In turn, each subsequent recalling of an experience is subject to repression, convolution, and dissipation. I am fascinated by the notion of the gaps left by these absences of information, these holes within the structure of our past and present lives. I am similarly compelled by the idea of conflations of memory, of separate remembrances morphing together like beads of moisture on glass, of these half-imagined pasts that become layered among the façade of a person’s identity.