The project consists of two components that illustrate the process of remembering in relation to our everyday affairs. The banality and repetition of a daily routine is explored in relation to our subconscious thought. Memories recognized as “significant” and “potent” are considered and compared when deciphering the regularity of forgetting moments that are less stimulating.
When creating the scroll, Alison Klymchuk forced herself into a temporal and repetitive process that involved working with banal items as a reflection of our everyday routines. As marks began to build up on the surface, it became more challenging to distinguish which object was used where and at what time. Eventually, the entire piece blended into a seamless unit, comparable to how repetitive moments in our lives appear to merge into the space and time of a single day, resulting in a difficulty to remember specific instances in our lives. When standing at the base of the scroll, the viewer follows the gradient of their memories physically slipping away towards the sky.
The container of prints is a metaphor for the brain, storing thousands of memories that can be retrieved like files in a storage cabinet. Our everyday affairs are buried deep while memorable moments provoke us at the surface. Triggers in our daily lives have the ability to restore spontaneous and less significant memories in the depths of our minds, embarking us on a journey of remembering. In an attempt to build a clearer picture of the puzzle, we imagine the succeeding and preceding events of the moment. The reality of the final image is abstracted and lacks accuracy because it is a moment that is filtered through routine and time. The viewer experiences this notion of distance from their past lives through the interactive process of digging through the container and putting the pieces together intuitively.
Our capacity to remember constructs the essence of our lives. With such an emphasis on routine in our modern-day world, how can we avoid the everyday slipping away? Can we shorten the distance with our past by creating a richer existence? Is this only possible by rupturing our routines to make way for more significant moments and memories?
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