The haunting nature of our past memories and their intersection with our present experiences has always fascinated me. John Koenig’s Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows has given me a new way to explore this fascination. Koenig’s collection of made-up words offers a language for emotions that we all might experience but don’t yet have a name for. In response, I have created a collection of media: print, sculpture, and video that draws on Koenig’s definitions to explore my relationship with memory.
With my project I am exhausted from carrying my thoughts. Am I dreaming?, I aim to capture the tumultuous yet beautiful experience of memory in its web, woven, crisscrossed, and knotted together, highlighting its fluid nature and the uneasiness of looking back. By creating my own visual language for these emotions, I hope to invite viewers into my personal exploration of memory while allowing them to find their own unique meaning in each piece. Ultimately, my project seeks to demonstrate how art can help us articulate and make sense of our experiences, even those that seem inexplicable.