persistence of memory
I am interested in the way we remember – what we want to leave behind—and how we preserve memory in tangible ways. These include objects that speak directly of the past and those that act as small gestures with which the living memorialize those they have lost.
This work was made in a genizah in a large Jewish cemetery in Boston. In Hebrew, genizah means “reserved” or “hidden” and is the place where a person’s books, papers, and religious artifacts are buried. It is part of ancient Jewish custom that when someone dies, sacred documents are buried in a grave with the same dignity and ritual as the human body. It is a way of respecting and remembering.
“He who lives in the memory of his loved ones,
Is not dead, he is only far away!
Only he who is forgotten is dead.”