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Rachel Hanna Clark (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
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Abstract: "Our memories are , in essence , the summation of who we are. With age , our memory starts to slip away. The disintegrating effect of time is slowly eroding our stored experiences. This document explores the means and methods in which I explore the preservation of memory through use of place material. For the past few years I have struggled with the loss of memory , place , and loved ones. I wanted to find a way in which to preserve my own memory and experiences as a tangible object. In order the create these ""memory- objects"" I explored visual , auditory , and tactile cues that coalesce to become a means of triggering a distinct memory. I am taking place-material from the geographical location in which a specific memory that I wish to preserve was formed. I am then using the place-material to create a permanent memory-trigger. The process and preservation of those memories as tangible objects combine with specific triggers to create an object that is linked to a particular memory; which I refer to as ""vestigial memory-objects"". Through this process of locating and preserving , I have recovered memories that had faded into the recesses of my consciousness. In summation , I explore the means in which my process recovers memory and discuss how my work acts as a physical catalog of the experiences I wish to preserve."

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Language: English
Date: 2018
Laser etcher, Oxide Fusion Printing, wild clay, ceramics, new technology, Northwestern Pennsylvania

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