Lost Memories
Gouache and watercolour on paper
2019

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. 

Our brains contain boundaries that help organize and process our thoughts. This organizing of memory can result in learning, remembering, or forgetting. 

This diptych illustrates 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

Distortion

The feeling of forgetting is shown through different forms of distortion within the illustrations. 

Image 1 uses 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 uses 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 alphabet blocks become less detailed and fade into the blank backdrop, distorting the information you just learned, while the finishing letters that are the most fresh in your head are clear.

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