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Cultural Memory

Chehallis Robinson's avatar Chehallis Robinson

This piece reflects how we remember our collective past and how marginalized groups are often overlooked or omitted when history is recorded. The four female figures are replicas of artifacts from four different cultures: Valdivia (Ecuador), Indus (The Mehrgarth site in Pakistan), Olmec (Mexico) and Neolithic Europe. The figures are based on actual artifacts discovered from each of the four cultures. Due to a variety of factors, including languages that have not yet been translated and limited archaeological evidence western scholars have a limited idea of who these people were. As Art Prize progresses water will drip down on each of these figures, eroding them away until nothing is left, representing time and human interference slowly washing these cultures away. Our concept of human history is determined by what we believe is worth remembering. As you watch the water erode these figures I encourage you to think about the biases that shape how our own history is remembered.

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