F O S S I L : O B J E C T S
This project developed from an origin of personal history but represents something that all humans as cognitive creatures, are all too well familiar with: how place and geographical location and the ways in which we physically and emotional map such locations throughout our lives impact and shape our sense of identity. Specific places in the world that we inhabit can become sites charged with memories and emotional value. I argue that just as we are capable of discovering the "self" and our own meaning or significance through our social interactions with other cognitive beings, we also do this through experiencing places both liminal and permanent. Personal and collective events, relationships and other occurrences of various degrees are certainly inseparable from their site; our formulation of self-perception therefore can also be grounded in location and site.
In thinking about the connection between location and personal history, I began to think about fossils and minerals. Fossils by definition are the impressions of prehistoric organisms preserved in petrified form in rock. Minerals and crystals themselves are from the earth, charged with the energy of billions of years. I consider the impressions left behind by organisms akin to the impressions that places leave behind in our psyche as well as the more physical impressions that we as inhabitants of space leave behind. Inspiration for the forms of these objects came from looking at fossils, bugs trapped in amber and crystal formations.
The locations I consider in this project are specific to the feelings identified with home, no matter how permanent or temporary they are: comfort, safety, familiarity, etc. Each “fossil”, an amalgamation of print and sculpture, contains impressions of distinct maps, digitally appropriated from Google Maps. Each fossil contains a set of 30 prints, ranging from laser-cut etchings, reliefs, embossments and monotypes of these maps. Formally, I wanted to create a series of unique prints that are in fact inaccessible, embedded and shrouded in plastic materials, specifically cast resin and acrylic. This physical detail is symbolic of these impressions of places that are in fact often shrouded by selective remembrance and memory.
Locations mapped thus far:
12164 Runnymede St. North Hollywood, CA 91605
11326 Yolanda Ave. Northridge, CA 91326
11 West St. North Bennington, VT 05201
262 Taaffe Pl. Brooklyn, NY 11205
Intersection of Suydam St. & Knickerbocker Ave.
These fossils exist as psychical objects with abstracted, literal imagery but also exist as part of some kind of fiction: that these fossils would have been found in titled locations.