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Recollections (2022-)

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In times of turmoil, the human tendency is to retreat into nostalgia as a reinterpretation of history, a phenomenon psychologists term collective memory. Such revisionist behavior results in a socially-constructed version of the past that is charged with varied emotions and beliefs that consequently influence the reading of the present. In this ongoing series, I make visible and critique both the power of collective memory in the context of the American timeline and its problems, using hand-waxed pigment prints that channel the treasure-box metaphor of early American frontier images.