“Memories of the Past, Present, and Future”, Oak Floor joist, plexiglas, natural twine, paper, pencils, steel. 2011
“Memories” is made from a 16-foot oak floor joist that came out of my parents’ house during a major renovation. This beam represents grounding and stability.
“Memories,” as a friend put it, represents the mountain of life- the journey that we all make and the countless memories that are gathered and make us who we are. The eleven fully grounded boxes contain a memory from roughly every two years of my life. Those grounded boxes are written in ink and sealed- the past cannot be changed. Then there are four “intermediate” boxes: the bases are already rooted, but the contents are written in pencil and the majority of the box is still suspended. These are the near future- the events that, though they have yet to occur, will almost undoubtedly happen. These memories of the future are, if you will, waiting for their time to come. The remaining boxes- those that are suspended- represent the unknown future.
I came to the University of Virginia’s Sculpture department the summer of 2010. I had been at UVa for one semester, having transferred in before the spring term as a first semester 3rd year, and longed for more art in my life. Though technically I was an Environmental Science major with a minor in Studio Art, that major and minor quickly got reversed as I became more and more enthralled with the art department. Concentrating in both painting and sculpture, I rapidly became interested in narrative work, especially pieces that were very personal to me. “Memories” was created during my final semester at UVa for my 4th year sculpture thesis show.
Having graduated in December 2011, I am now working and creating art. My next large project, though not technically sculpture, is certainly very related. I plan to build a small straw-bale house on my property within this year. I also hope to begin a Masters program in architecture, perhaps as soon as this coming fall.