Remembrance can be defined as the “action of remembering something” or “the action of remembering the dead;” it is also a “memory” or “a recollection.”
Across my work, I am very drawn to process and time-intensive practices: bookbinding, letterpress printing, natural dyeing, paper-cutting. Consequently time is a significant element in my finished pieces, and I connect this to the fact that conceptually my practice is grounded in the idea of remembrance.
Remembrance manifests itself in my artist bookwork through a practice in which memories are carefully collected and then transposed into hand-crafted objects. In their mechanics as in their design, these book art objects seek to draw the viewer into the space of the narrative or sensory experience of the book. The memories in which the work is anchored are typically my own, and relate to important people and places in my life. What is more, I consider that my work carries in it ‘practiced remembrance’ in the form of transmission of knowledge: these pieces are the product of craft traditions that have been passed onto me and which substantially inform the material and physical form of my work.