For my final project, I want to create a series of mixed media pieces surrounding the idea of memory. Memory is a personal, internal entity that we gather and store over time. However individual the process of collecting memories is, every single human being engages in this process.
Because memory is so intrinsically personal, I want to explore the idea of trying to unwrap or engage other people’s memories using stranger’s photos and developing artworks around these memories captured in time. A local thrift store near my apartment in Brooklyn has tables of hundreds of donated photographs, random and from ranging time periods, black and white, color, Polaroid, film strips, ect. I have recently been going to the thrift store and collecting a few photographs every now and then that resonate with me. Just the process and amount of time I spend choosing the photos and looking through them seems like some kind of sacred process. There is something eerie and delicate and almost invasive about having these stranger’s photographed memories, and I would like to use my final project to explore this idea of tapping into private memory.
Most of the photos I have collected so far are black and white portraits. Compositionally, the black and white seemed to embody a sense of age, printed on more fragile photo paper, the images worn and faded. I like the idea of having people as subjects in the photos, because I think it gives the memory more weight when a human face is attached to it, and the viewer can empathize with it. I want the photographs to be the starting point for my series, in which I want to use pen, ink, paint, collage, and incorporate text to surround the images, culminating in a series of mixed media portraits.