Memory Walk, 2018 / Varied edition of 8 / Archival inkjet printing & tempera painting on Dobbin Mill papers. Mapping lines were painted in collaboration with robots (Artbots) built by Kaethe Wenzel, Berlin / Cassette tapes
Size: 9.75” x 14” x 1”
The memory palace is an ancient mnemonic device, which works with architectural space in one’s mind. Over the years, I have created my own, placing specific to remember them. This book presents three different
memory palaces designed as walks: the streets of Montevideo, Uruguay, my home & studio in Brooklyn, NY, and galleries of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. As such, spatial and temporal memory all converge in this French Door structure, consisting of a stab binding of layered translucency, along with a pamphlet with throw-out pages. Each copy of the edition has an embedded cassette tape, a unique recording that connects to distinct memories.
Embedded tape recordings, each in a different copy of the edition:
- Mozart, Queen of the Night aria
- Weather Report, Black Market
- Penguin Café Orchestra
- Busi Mhlonga
- Billy Cobham
- Archie Shepp
- Lucio Dalla & Lucio Battisti
- The Roches, Maggie Adams, Joan Armatrading
- Bob Marley (artist proof)
The 2014 book, “Memory Walk in Montevideo” consisted of images that I had photographed in the streets of that city, then painted & re-photographed. In 2018 I decided to look through my flat files of papers and to either complete editions or re-purpose what paper I had (due to an osteoporosis diagnosis, my doctors wanted me to stop making paper). I chose to re-design the book & further develop it to include other ‘memory walks’ I had engaged in, adding my activities in my Brooklyn space and with the Rijksmuseum. I had painted map lines of the movement through remembered spaces previously in my first Memory Palace exhibition in Budapest in 2013. Paper pieces with pulp-painted lines were exhibited there.
For the new Memory Walk book, I repurposed a series of Dobbin Mill papers that had been painted with 2 robots built by Käthe Wenzel in Berlin for another project about mapping that was never completed. I went back into these paintings, adding my own lines of movement that indicate the travel from one object to another.
I hope that the images, the objects, and locations all function as visual poetry … and that the movement through spaces & pages of the book creates a dialogue and poetic logic for the reader to enjoy.