In Greek mythology, Mnemosyne was the personification of memory and the mother of all the Muses. In this piece, she represents the storyteller - a collector of anecdotes from our lives.
EPIC, my debut solo exhibition with EVOKE Contemporary, featured eight life-sized fired clay figures. The first seven sculptures were inscribed with words and stories from my life experiences. The eighth sculpture, Mnemosyne, Greek goddess of Memories, was created for the viewers, as in interactive piece wherein viewers had the opportunity to include their own words.
My intention was to create a space wherein viewers could share stories from their lives after spending time with the narratives from mine. People were invited to write about thoughts, memories, choices they’ve made, instances of serendipity and moments that have defined their identity or who they are on the sculpture. As viewers added their tales throughout the duration of the show, the surface of the sculpture shifted and changed based on their collective writings.
Contributions ranged from poignant moments that made my breath catch in my throat to thoughtful observations of lessons learned to simple rhymes expressing emotions we have all felt: "He asked me to sit down. Then he said, 'I've been having an affair' " "I feel so sad. I miss my dad." "Seeing art and the ocean for the first time." "Becoming a mother." "You're worthy." "Taking my hand, he walked with me through the night to meet my self in the breaking dawn." "I asked her to dance and she said yes. And I ran with it and she kept saying yes. And she changed my life." "Of earth and love the form is shaped and born of fire's might. Each heart that shares its joy is touched and glows forever bright." "She was small-ish but she grew and swelled our hearts and our lives...now she is as much a part of us as we are a part of her."
To this day I am touched and honored by the candor with which people shared themselves through this experience.