The Relentless Memorial    Mylar, aluminum, nylon, oil paint, magnets. 12' x 12' x 9'. 2016.   The Relentless Memorial  was first installed in a small gallery at the Lunder Art Center on the Lesley University Campus, in Cambridge, MA. The quiet aspect of the room perfectly situated the installed artpiece to fulfill its purpose: as an artwork that evoked a sensory experience, while alluding to ecological collapse and misplaced melancholic feelings.   The artwork itself is a physical manifestation of my MFA thesis research on Environmental Melancholia and what I call "Collective Social Mania." I believe these two pathologies form two poles of a hedonic loop of capitalism, around which society endlessly orbits.  My belief is that humans are overwhelmed by the obvious destruction of our environment, and are unable to mourn the countless, ceaseless deaths that result of the collapse (whether these deaths are real or abstract).  Because of our inability to mourn, or have spaces to grieve, we turn to manic defense mechanisms in the form of denial, avoidance, frantic consumerism, and numbness. These defense mechanisms are manifesting in society as  collective social mania , a pathology responsible for the unmanageable deterioration of our environment. Ironically, this mania is encouraged (as well as minimized or completely ignored) by advertisers.   In short, we cannot stop ourselves.  This installation is a response to the psychological need to grieve the deaths we are witnessing, and in so doing, acknowledging our ambivalence during this very unstable time. Symbolized by white mourning doves (released at funerals and memorial services) and manic blackberry brambles (an invasive species), this installation becomes a place of mourning, reflection, and rest. It allows for the safe self-refelection of our  personal participation and contribution  to both positive and negative aspects of our rapidly changing, collapsing world.  The instalation is made of petroleum products, intentially pointing at our dependence on this ubiquitous material, as well as its critical implication into the onset of what is being called the Anthropocene Age.  To read my thesis, please visit the "words" page on this website. 

The Relentless Memorial

Mylar, aluminum, nylon, oil paint, magnets. 12' x 12' x 9'. 2016.

The Relentless Memorial was first installed in a small gallery at the Lunder Art Center on the Lesley University Campus, in Cambridge, MA. The quiet aspect of the room perfectly situated the installed artpiece to fulfill its purpose: as an artwork that evoked a sensory experience, while alluding to ecological collapse and misplaced melancholic feelings. 

The artwork itself is a physical manifestation of my MFA thesis research on Environmental Melancholia and what I call "Collective Social Mania." I believe these two pathologies form two poles of a hedonic loop of capitalism, around which society endlessly orbits.  My belief is that humans are overwhelmed by the obvious destruction of our environment, and are unable to mourn the countless, ceaseless deaths that result of the collapse (whether these deaths are real or abstract).

Because of our inability to mourn, or have spaces to grieve, we turn to manic defense mechanisms in the form of denial, avoidance, frantic consumerism, and numbness. These defense mechanisms are manifesting in society as collective social mania, a pathology responsible for the unmanageable deterioration of our environment. Ironically, this mania is encouraged (as well as minimized or completely ignored) by advertisers. 

In short, we cannot stop ourselves.

This installation is a response to the psychological need to grieve the deaths we are witnessing, and in so doing, acknowledging our ambivalence during this very unstable time. Symbolized by white mourning doves (released at funerals and memorial services) and manic blackberry brambles (an invasive species), this installation becomes a place of mourning, reflection, and rest. It allows for the safe self-refelection of our personal participation and contribution to both positive and negative aspects of our rapidly changing, collapsing world.

The instalation is made of petroleum products, intentially pointing at our dependence on this ubiquitous material, as well as its critical implication into the onset of what is being called the Anthropocene Age.

To read my thesis, please visit the "words" page on this website. 

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  The Relentless Memorial   Installation view, front door

The Relentless Memorial

Installation view, front door

  The Relentless Memorial   Installation view, inside panel showing reflections and shadows.

The Relentless Memorial

Installation view, inside panel showing reflections and shadows.

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  The Relentless Memorial   Installation view, inside panel shadows cast on concrete floor.

The Relentless Memorial

Installation view, inside panel shadows cast on concrete floor.

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 One of many white doves in the installation, painted on mylar, cut apart with an exacto knife. 

One of many white doves in the installation, painted on mylar, cut apart with an exacto knife. 

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 Image showing the migration of the flock of white doves.

Image showing the migration of the flock of white doves.

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