what we remember about our histories. His painting Hadassah (figure 6) uses collage and milky paint to express a personal history that only exists as a collection of “hazy bits and pieces of memory” (Schacter, p. 56). Artist Christel Dillbihner in her piece titled Excursions VI uses old and discarded objects as visual representations of memory and seems to borrow from the Greek analogy of memory as a wax tablet with her use of wax to cover a piece of torn paper concealing a photograph of her brother, who died at an early age. All these expressions of memory are personal and intimate, and yet they seem universal. Memorial and reminiscence is common throughout all cultures. In many cultures there exists a very close link between the past and present in everyday life; however, in contemporary western urban society this link is tenuous at best.
Research has explored the importance of memory in everyday life - for such mundane (yet important) things as knowing your address. It has also explored the link between identity and memories and found that you are what you remember - and what you forget. It has found that identity and memory can also exist in societies and groups, including families and also how we place memory in inanimate objects to hold a memory for longer. Research has also explored the link between space and memory, how memories can be triggered by a place or even just an empty hole such as the World Trade Centre ‘Ground Zero’. However it is the ability to create objects and space with the intention of triggering a memory or feeling that interests me the most. My research aims to explore the memories that a group of people have of an individual and then attempt to create memory objects that express these memories or prompt them. My intention is to add to the area of phenomenological humanist historical research, and perhaps add to the knowledge of New Zealand rural history.
Published on Jul 17, 2009
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