Michelle Dickson

The central concepts my work deals with are time and its effect on memory, the body, and relationships. I think about the physical process of remembering, the unstable nature of memory, and the resulting fear of forgetting. Memory as weight. The use of space in my work often corresponds to how I think about the mental landscape of memory. I’m interested in the similarity you can find in shape and texture across different parts of life. How the structure of rivers are like highways are like veins and root systems. Deteriorating walls can be a portrait of time and a record of human touch. One way these observations find form is through the investigation and combination of textures and surfaces. The work’s tactility is an important element. The viewer often wants to touch or hold the work. I think about the dynamic this creates between the viewer and the object viewed, as well as how the inability to touch has the potential to evoke the same intangibility of memory.

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