Mnemonic Waters is a body of work that explores elements of memory, personal mythology, and storytelling. Through the photographic process of wet plate collodion, images from the artist’s archive are used to visually re-interpret vivid memory narratives gathered from other individuals through an interview process. Personal mythology is a belief system created from the stories that make up autobiographical memory. The perspective of our memories evolve as we do and it is through the process of storytelling that an individual gives meaning and makes sense of past events in relation to the present and in anticipation of the future. The final pieces are intimate glass sculptures containing narratives of surreal imagery. Mnemonic Waters incorporates traditional mythology, the psychology of memory, ideas of the archive, and embraces the connections formed between people from the cyclical process of storytelling.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Photography, Artistic; Photobooks; Artists' books; Collodion process; Memory in art; Storytelling in art
Imaging Arts (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)
Hellsten, Catherine, "Mnemonic Waters" (2015). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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