Remember to Forget

Donal Fitzpatrick (Artist), Liu Lei (Curator)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Research Statements

Research Background

A solo exhibition entitled “Remember to Forget” comprised of 25 original painted photographs and installed at the University of Jinan, Art Gallery and Museum. These analogue photographs had been over-painted with oil paint and then scanned and reprinted as digital images, then reworked with ink and other drawing media. They were subsequently pinned over existing drawings and other small works from the University of Jinan collection inside their existing frames.

Research Contribution (including innovation and new knowledge)

A graphic equivalent of the process of erasure in memory, begun in the over painting of the original photo image and acting as a metaphor of memory loss and displacement, was then continued through the placement and framing of the works so that it was visually apparent that they obscured or covered other known images from the University collection which could not be visually accessed, acting as a visual trope for ‘catastrophic forgetting’ and problematizing our conceptions of recollection and the acquisition of new knowledge.

Research Significance (evidence of excellence)

The exhibition was curated by Professor Lei Liu, Dean of the School of Fine Art at the University of Jinan and accompanied by a catalogue essay by QCA doctoral candidate Ms Michelle Roberts. The opening event was very well received and attended by the Vice Chancellor and other senior academic staff and post graduate students. Griffith University was prominently displayed on the opening banner of the exhibition. The University of Jinan acquired 2 of the works for its permanent collection and I was invited to deliver a series of creative research seminars on my work. I was subsequently offered a Visiting Professorship in Fine Arts with the University of Jinan by the President of the University.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventRemember to Forget - University of Jinan, Jinan, China
Duration: 7 May 20184 Jun 2018


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