Works on Paper Projects Exhibitions About Archive

NP-C (amor fati)

Co-Memory/Useless the Flowers

Prosthetic Memories

Shiftland

Flashbulb Memories

SVP

Prosthetic Memory, JFK: Iron Measles
softground etching, collagraph, monotype, digital collage, and colored pencil
24" x 32"
2009


Prosthetic Memory, Radio Pigs
Softground etching, collagraph, lithography, collage
24" x 32"
2010


Chapter 3: Moon Landing (A Place to Die)
Graphite, india ink
48 x 62
2008
This is the "title page" for the Apollo 11 Moon Landing event - one of four events chronicled in the Prosthetic Memories series shown in the exhibition, Four Chapters in the Present We Were, at the Millstone Gallery at COCA in St. Louis in the fall of 2011.


Prosthetic Memory, WWII: Yellow Bomber
Softground etching, monotype, and lithography
24" x 32"
2009


Prosthetic Memory, WWll: Apple Parts
Softground etching, inkjet collage, lithography
24" x 32"
2010


Prosthetic Memory, Apollo 11: Gold Star Landing
Softground etching, collage
24" x 32"
2011


Chapter 1: WWII
Collagraph, India ink, graphite, collage
48 x 64
2011
This is the "title page" for the "chapter" on World War 2 - one of four events chronicled in the Prosthetic Memories series shown in the exhibition, Four Chapters in the Present We Were, at the Millstone Gallery at COCA in St. Louis in the fall of 2011.


Prosthetic Memory, WWII: Mount Censored
Softground etching, relief, digital printing, collage, hand-coloring
24" x 32"
2009


Prosthetic Memory, 9/11, Goose Drive
Softground etching, monotype, watercolor
24" x 32"
2011


Prosthetic Memory, WWII: Wonder Letter
Softground etching, monotype, collagraph, and lithography
24" x 32"
2010


Prosthetic Memory, Apollo 11: Rathskellar Leap
Softground etching, monotype, embossment, graphite
24" x 32"
2011


Chapter 2: JFK
Collage, inkjet, etching, mylar
44 x 62
2011
This is the "title page" for the "chapter" on the the assassination of John F. Kennedy - one of four events chronicled in the Prosthetic Memories series shown in the exhibition, Four Chapters in the Present We Were, at the Millstone Gallery at COCA in St. Louis in the fall of 2011.


Prosthetic Memory, WWII: Token Munitions
Softground etching, monotype, collage, and lithography
24" x 32"
2009


Chapter 4: 9/11
Relief, collagraph, collage
48 x 64
2011
This is the "title page" for the "chapter" on the events of September 11th, 2001 - one of four events chronicled in the Prosthetic Memories series shown in the exhibition, Four Chapters in the Present We Were, at the Millstone Gallery at COCA in St. Louis in the fall of 2011.


Prosthetic Memory, 9/11, Emergency Silhouette
Softground etching, collagraph, collage
24" x 32"
2011


Prosthetic Memory, JFK: Mahogany Rush
Softground etching, monotype, collage, hand-coloring
24" x 32"
2009


Prosthetic Memory, JFK: Titanium Limousine
Etching, lithography, colored pencil, and white ink on paper
24" x 32"
2009


Prosthetic Memory, JFK: Ruby Salute
Softground etching, collagraph, lithography, colored pencil, collage
24" x 32"
2009


Prosthetic Memory, JFK: Pink Knoll
Softground etching, lithography, monotype, drilled holes, collage
24" x 32"
2010


Prosthetic Memory WWll: Magic Carpet Bay
Softground etching, inkjet, acrylic, monotype, collage
24" x 32"
2011


Prosthetic Memory, WWII: Polio Rat
Softground etching, inkjet, monotype, collage
24" x 32"
2010


Prosthetic Memory, WWII: Make-Do Cathedral
Softground etching, collagraph, lithography, colored pencil
24" x 32"
2010


Prosthetic Memory, Apollo 11: Orange Blossom Protest
Softground etching, monotype, acrylic
24" x 32"
2011


Prosthetic Memory, Apollo 11: Sherry Lights
Softground etching, monotype, inkjet
24" x 32"
2011


This suite of monoprints is based on personal memories collected during interviews with older Americans (over the age of 70). Interview participants were asked for their personal associations - what they remember, what they were doing, what was going on in their lives - in relation to four major historical events: WWII, the assasination of JFK, the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the events of September 11th.

The term "prosthetic memory" comes from Alison Landsberg's research culminating in her 2004 book, Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture, which examines how historical events and cultural memory are assimilated as personal experience through exposure to the technologies of mass culture.

I have realized through my project that these are also assimilated through simple oral culture, in this case through one-on-one sharing, during the interviews I conducted. Through this process, both the historical events and the personal experiences of the people I interviewed have become my own prosthetic memories.