Cultural Memory

Chehallis Robinson's avatar Chehallis Robinson Vote Code: 66875

This piece is a large cube with indentations on each side that will hold clay figures of women. Water will drip down onto the figures, slowly eroding them away in real time. The figures are based on artifacts from cultures in Central America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Attached are pictures of a prototype of the structure and figures, as well as the design for the completed version, which details how the water will flow through the piece. I chose these figures since they are from cultures that we know very little about. Either their languages have not been translated or they left behind very little physical evidence. The piece is about the act of forgetting. Forgetting can be passive, like undiscovered artifacts that erode away under us. Or active, like the choices we make as a culture for what is worth remembering. It reflects on how we as a culture remember the past, and especially how women in the past are often overlooked and forgotten.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 4 ft
  • Medium: Wood, Clay, Water
  • Width: 4 ft
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 4 ft