The Memory Stories installation represents the core myths and stories that are passed orally through generations across cultures and continents. These stories exist in our collective memory. Many of them have been subsumed by religions or subjugated by our romance with science. As these myths and stories disappear, what will replace them? In this work I deliberately push the edge of two-dimensions by using the thinnest of surfaces, Chinese rice paper and fine silk fabric, separating them from the wall and freeing them from the limits of the frame. These materials embody both the vulnerability of myth and its enduring nature. The rice paper represents the art traditions of the East and oil paint represents Western tradition. I suspend the scrolls in air, so the images swirl and dance in time and space, or I intertwine them with natural materials to connect them with the beginnings of language.
Memory Story Installation Mixed media on paper and silk Size: site specific
Left: Lair Mixed media, paper, wood H 48’ x L 72’ x W 24’ Right: Lair (Detail)
Left: Palimpsest Mixed media, rice paper 18” x 360” Right: Palimpsest (Detail)
Memory String Mixed media, rice paper (Detail)
Memory String Mixed media, rice paper 16” x 612"
Long Story Mixed media, rice paper (Detail) 18” x 600”
Long Story Mixed media, rice paper 18” x 600”
Butterflies Mixed media, paper, vines H 36” x L 42” x W 18”
There was a man who dreamed… Artist Book (Cover Detail) 10” x 14