In Living Memory

In Living Memory (2010-ongoing) examines the processes of memorialisation that occur in cemeteries. Stone monuments engraved with minimal words operate as memorial objects that sum up entire lives. These sculptural gravestones express a longing for lasting, physical markers of remembrance. Cemeteries are, in actuality, often temporal, transient spaces. The final burial place is not always so final and the marker is not necessarily legible forever. Eventually, the average gravestone will have no meaning for future generations. The names will be forgotten and all that will be left is stone.

In Living Memory poses a series of questions in relation to the graveyards from which we are drawing our source materials. How are people remembered and remembering? What do we leave behind us when we die? Will we only continue to exist as memories in the minds of those living? What happens to our memory when they too are gone?

The project is a collaboration with fellow Edmonton artist Sydney Lancaster: In its final incarnation, it will consist of three separate elements: collage rubbings on board, a video projection of digital photographs, and a fabric shroud.