Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Title

The Archive

Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

M.F.A. in Art

Department

Art and Art History

First Advisor

Virginia Chavis

Second Advisor

Matt Long

Third Advisor

Brooke White

Relational Format

dissertation/thesis

Abstract

The Archive is an installation that considers the human brain’s potential to distort memory over time. Memories from our past can be changed by our current atmosphere, manipulated by our emotions towards the experience, or can altogether be forgotten. Humans explore the world through their eyes, making mental photographs to help them navigate the future through the experiences of their past. However, the human memory is faulty at best. We all have memories stored, false memories that we believe, and we continue to create new memories every moment. This body of work is exploring how the passage of time and the present moment influences our recollection and process of remembering and creating memories. Although distortion of memory is often considered as a negative view, I find the changes and twists in our memory to be beautiful. The Archive is a series of prints that has allowed me to explore my fears of loss of memory, especially those associated with my childhood. By seeking my past, I am reconnecting and re-remembering, which allows me to create new memories based on the old. I have destroyed photographs and videos of nostalgic moments in my life. I twisted the data to alter the image so that it reflects a fantastical reality, a distorted version of the memory. These images, a far cry from the original memory, are a visual representation of how I imagine my past and, in some works, how I want to remember. They are a beautiful distortion.

Concentration/Emphasis

Emphasis: Printmaking

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Printmaking Commons

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