Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Art and Design
Many people believe their memory works like a video camera, capturing and storing their experiences. However, memories can be manipulated or planted without us noticing. If this seems insignificant, consider the big consequences of false memory: although eyewitness identification of a criminal is often unreliable, it has an incredible power to sway a jury.1
My interest in studying memory and my introspective nature has led me to create this series of work—a visual collection of my experiences as a spectrum of color and shape. These pieces have been influenced by age, emotion, personality, and bias. With each piece, I have highlighted the things I remember, how I feel about the experience looking back, and how I think my memory of the event has changed. For example, in Queen Crab, I used an intense red to indicate a strong emotional reaction and sharp crystals to suggest a bit of danger. In other pieces, like Collecting Rocks, I use neutral colors and rounded shapes to communicate the stability and simplicity of that memory.
1 Chris Rose & Victoria Beck, Eyewitness accounts: false facts, false memories, and false identification, Journal of Crime and Justice, (2016) 243-263.
Kellett, Kara, "Spectrum" (2021). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 1527.
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