We often visualize our minds as vast libraries with memories lining the shelves. Events are written and stored in the library’s books, waiting for the day they will be taken down and reread. This perception of memory gives a sense of infallibility; one where we believe the recorded recollection will remain permanently how we remembered. However, this representation has been proven false time and time again, regardless of popular opinion.

Rather than imagining memories as catalogues, we should picture them more as digital images that can be edited, reworked, and compressed every time they are opened and resaved. In fact, every time we “open” a memory, we run the risk of changing it. Distance from recollections force us to recreate forgotten details, giving us a blend of fact and fiction as we attempt to make our memories whole.

You Already Forgot explores the fluidity of memories, specifically those that might have become fuzzy with time. Found photographs are pieced together in strips to mimic the act of filling in holes within one’s own recollections. However, these fragments do not fit together perfectly. Gaps still remain as we invent these works of fabricated moments from the past. These images created from found photographs produce a new and unique object, one that stands on its own while still paying homage to the original. 

Medium: Found photographs collaged on paper