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Material Memory

  • Author(s): Vincent, Kevin Michael
  • Advisor(s): Gallaccio, Anya
  • et al.
Abstract

​Through the physical act of combining of wood and rope to make assemblages, I explore questions surrounding memory, historical trauma, growth, perseverance, and integration. I examine memories from my childhood to understand how my initial relationship to wood and rope, as materials, has warped over time as I learned about slavery and how these same materials were historically used to harm or instill fear. The assemblages use this historical trauma as a contact point for the two materials, addressing the violence and fear many people of color feel on a daily basis, but also showing the possibility of growth and creating a new relationship between myself and these charged materials, that is more like that of when I was a child.

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