Your Memory Becomes Me

Donal Fitzpatrick (Artist), Alexandru Pasat (Curator)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Research Statement – Professor Donal Fitzpatrick

Title: ‘Your memory Becomes Me’
Public Exhibition: November 26th – December 24th, 2014
Casa Matei Gallery, University of Art and Design
Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania

Research Background
Original Creative Works

12 large works on paper exhibited internationally at the University gallery curated by Dr Alexandru Passat. This new series of creative works investigated the relationship between memory retrieval and forgetting. The works identified remembering as necessitating the forgetting of other memories that hinder the retrieval process. The works succeeding in doing this by controlling the distraction of what could be other competing memories when we try to recall target memories. In these creative works this selective recall and forgetting mirrors the more familiar processes of selectivity associated with perception. In the visual design and execution of these creative works I have investigated this linkage between selective forgetting in memory and the selective process of seeing in perception.

Research Contribution
These creative works on paper combined a distinct and innovative range and process of painting media and digital photo-imaging. The mechanism of the hand wrought photo-plate was used to explore the role of repetition in reinforcing recalled visual memories. The use of painted media was then deployed to mimic the interruption and displacement processes of forgetting. In this way these works visualised the dynamic of recall and forgetting as an amalgam of fragments and parts in a new relationship and investigation that united abstraction and representation. These images challenge our habitual ways of thinking about memory and perception.

Research Significance
The exhibition in Cluj-Napoca was reviewed 6 times in the national and local press and resulted in the exhibition being invited to tour as another exhibition at the University of Arts, George Enescu in Iassi, Moldova, Romania from January 10 – April 20th 2015. This subsequent exhibition was the subject of a public seminar and symposium attended by neuroscientists and artists at the University of Art, George Enescu.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCluj-Napoca
PublisherUniversity of Art & Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Size12 large works on paper
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventYour Memory Becomes Me - Casa Matei Gallery, University of Art & Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Duration: 26 Nov 201424 Dec 2014


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