Lost Memories
Gouache and watercolour on paper

How do we process memory?

Lost Memories is a study of different everyday event boundaries we experience illustrated through a distorted lens of forgetfulness to examine how we process memory. I am someone who has always been interested in memory and memories, and through the process of research, I learned that our brain contains boundaries that help organize and process our thoughts. This organizing of memory can result is learning, remembering, or forgetting. 

With this diptych, I focused 2 kinds of event boundaries that many experience: 
1. The boundary between the unconscious and conscious mind when waking up
2. The knowledge boundary and how much information we can retain when learning


I decided to show the feeling of forgetting through different forms of distortions for my illustrations. With image 1, I used colour waves to mimic human brainwaves. The warmer waves are much wider and occur when the mind is less focused and unconscious, while the cooler waves are the tighter waves that show up when the mind is alert and conscious. The wavy distortion represents the grogginess of waking up. Whether we remember our nightmares or forget our dreams, our minds are crossing the boundary from unconscious to conscious.

Image 2 used a fade to represent our fading memory. Based on our minds capacity to learn and retain knowledge, our heads have to eventually forget old information to make room for the new. Using the alphabet as an early example of learning, the ABC blocks become less detailed and fade into the blank backdrop, distorting the information you just learn, while the finishing letters that are the most fresh in your head are clear.

Image 1's linear sketch based on a photo reference of myself.

Linear sketch of Image 2. The animals were actually a last minute idea used to add more detail and interest to the blocks. Also the addition of the animals helped the clarity of readability of the concept.

Colour planned on Photoshop prior to the creating the final illustration.

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