The Memory Project at the Mamaroneck Artists' Guild

The Memory Project exhibit was installed for a week at Mamaroneck Artists Guild in November. Close to 300 people participated and added over 350 memories to the project. The memories were written on strips of delicate gampi paper, on cards of heavy printmaking paper or audio recorded. The pictures above and below show some of the installations created with these. The skinny strips were dipped in wax and hung individually on invisible thread to create a visual and sculptural cascade that gently moved with the air current. Some of these were also hand transferred through a lithographic process with oil based inks onto scrolls of 10 foot long by 36 inch wide transparent gampi paper hung in a way such that visitors could walk amid them and read the memories. An antique library card catalog held the hand written cards to allow people to read and share them with one another. Finally an audio piece wove recorded memories with local sounds that played through out the space, but could also be listened to on portable cd players.

It was an incredible honor and privilege to receive and read, to listen to and witness, all the memories shared. Funny, poignant, ordinary, extraordinary, joyful, painful, authentic...each and every one shared provided the opportunity for recognition, laughter, compassion, emotion and validation. Especially in these fraught times, the willingness to share, and listen was powerful and moving. Every single one has been typed and all will be archived on this website. I am currently working with the very amazing Avery Syrig on a catalog documenting the project so stay tuned to hear about when it will be available!