The Earliest Memory Archive is an audio archive housing people's first recollections of self, from all over the world.
Simply call the number (1-504-636-6793) to listen to a randomly selected earliest memory.
To submit your own, call from a quiet place and select option 2. At the end of your memory, please state the city & state/country, the year, and your age. Memory submissions may be slightly edited for time and content.
I use the term “memories once removed” to refer to people and events someone was either not alive to experience or too young to remember, but has inherited nonetheless through the construct of family identity. This series speaks to the omitted nature of memories, especially those passed down and imagined through family lore, that co-author our personal narratives.
Autumn Once Removed, 2015 // Mixed media canvas // 36 in. x 40 in.
Self Portrait Once Removed, 2015 // Mixed media on paper // 13.5 in. x 10.5 in.
Kris Once Removed, 2016 // Mixed media on canvas // 13.5 in. x 10.5 in.
Jenny Once Removed, 2016 // Mixed media on canvas // 13.5 in. x 10.5 in
Thymesia Diptychs (2017)
In the Yard, 1953 & Topsell's Gorgon, 1607 // Mixed media on paper // 13. 5 in. 11 in. ea
Kathy the Yard, 1953 & Hippopotamus, 18th c // Mixed media on paper // 13. 5 in. 11 in. ea
Self portrait with Carolina Parakeet, 2016 & Durer’s Rhinoceros, 1515 // Mixed media on paper // 13. 5 in. 11 in. ea
Gestures of resistance: Body Election in Red // Mixed media drawing on canvas // 40 x 58 inches
"Necessary Confabulations" imagines an alternative history in which women's expertise and intellect are as sought out and nurtured as those of their male counterparts. We create composite images showing women who never met, paired with captions from articles that were never published, imagining conversations that might have been. This project was made in collaboration with Jenny Lederer.
Frida Kahlo and Amelia Earhart, 1935, 2017 // Alternate image, embossed // 8 x 11 in.
Caption reads: Kahlo and Earhart delve deep on their Sunday drive, discussing FDR, the Franco dictatorship, and Cardenas, not to mention their own soaring careers.
Sophia Loren and Chien-Shiung Wu, 1957, 2017 // Alternate image, embossed // 8 x 11 in.
Caption reads: Actress Sophia Loren and Professor Chien-Shiung Wu, aka "The First Lady of Physics," pause for lunch at the Four Seasons. Loren and Wu are spearheading an initiative on behalf of imprisoned Taiwanese journalist Lei Chen.
Shirley Ann Jackson and Janis Joplin, 1967, 2017 // Alternate image, embossed // 8 x 11 in.
Caption reads: Dr. Shirley Jackson and singer/songwriter Janis Joplin (center) relax on the steps of MIT’s Kresge Auditorium after their join presentation on science and activism. “Physics for Pacifists.”
"Present Tension" was experienced by appointment in May 2015. Participants signed up with a partner, or were matched with a stranger, via an online sign-up service. They knew only the information on the page: partners follow a loose set of instructions interacting with objects in a gallery space in a sensate exploration of sociality. When the two participants arrived, they were welcomed and given instruction cards, then left to perform Somatic Studies in private.