Memory (Pumpkin Seeds)
Memory (Pumpkin Seeds) is a series of approximately 40 copies of copies of a red bag of pumpkin seeds from the US, manufactured by a company titled “Indian”, with their logo printed of a man wearing a headdress. This work was created to give form to the phenomenon of how memory works. When we recall an event, we aren’t accessing information about the original event - we’re recalling the last time we remembered it.* So, depending on how often you remember, the memory is a copy of a copy of a copy, losing accuracy along the way. In making the piece, I copied the front and back of the original package, and then copied the copy, and then copied that copy, all the time hiding the original and subsequent versions from my line of vision. The majority of the copying was done with my left hand rather than my dominant right.
The subject matter presents the common practice of white-owned companies using the visages and caricatures of oppressed people for monetary gain. The narrative many Americans encounter of Native peoples come from advertising, sports, and cartoons, rather than the perspectives of Native Americans themselves. Just as an individual's memory involves a systemic loss of information and distortion of details, dominant narratives about people of color in our country are maintained by a systemic loss of empathy and distortion from white perspectives.
2016, FRISE, Hamburg, Germany
2016, Luminarts Visual Arts Exhibition, Chicago, IL
2016, Roman Susan, Chicago, IL