every bit unrending, unreading
every bit unrending, unreading is a collection of works that examines the tension between that which is archivable and that which is not.
Women in the artist’s family do the labor of preservation, as they hand-wash a quilt made by her great-grandmother, imagining and remembering fragments of its story. Uncertainty surges as faded ink-stains appear on the quilt only after being soaked in water. This collective work is posed alongside a film that imagines the perspective of an archive as it destroys—or erases—itself. Feeling around in the dark, one still senses its presence, but like the edges of burnt paper, it crumbles upon the slightest disturbance. One may only read the traces of memory backward, through absence. The viewer is invited to read the space, its images and its objects, differently, through failure. What remains, and what takes the place of an archive that is itself limiting and limited in how and what it preserves?
sculpture and multi-channel films, 2023
Installation: Ruffin Gallery, February 24-March 24, 2023