Jeux de Mémoire (French for “memory game”) functions as the embodiment of the abstract act of compartmentalizing memory. More specifically, this work explores what information is preserved and what information is lost or eroded in the process of “putting away” a moment or thought, as well as the nostalgia all too often experienced with this process. The juxtaposition of hand-sewn details with digitally printed images further contributes to the exploration of this subtle and sentimental tension. Neutral color palettes, and repeated patterns and elements throughout Jeux de Mémoire capture the sensation that there is much to be remembered within this moment, but that not all details can actually be recalled. All at once, and while ultimately inevitable, the degradation of a memory can exist as beautiful, engaging, and empty.
2013. Thai traditional Unryu paper, Lamali Lokta paper, Kitakata paper, cotton embroidery thread, digital printing. 6½” x 4½” x 1⅝”
© Suzanne Glémot