Hidden away in cabinets, drawers and closets; stashed in briefcases and trunks are the objects that enable our daily routines. The accumulation of these things—buttons, spatulas, hangers, hair combs, hand towels, razors, scarves, and laundry tickets—also serve as a repository of our personal memories. These artifacts evidence the mundane facets of everyday life that cherished family photos or mementos can never capture. But these items are invisible, forgotten, and destined for the trash heap or donation bin after their owner has passed away.
“Shroud of Memory” as a composite quilt of items culled from our daily habits and habitats forges a connection between the props of daily life and our rituals of recollection. Objects cast in small resin blocks, strung together with stainless steel wire, form an illuminated 3.5’x 6’ mosaic “shroud” placed upon the floor of the gallery. Cast into a hundred pieces and exposed for all to witness, the shroud unearths alternative histories, the fragmented memories that characterize the disarray and fleetingness of contemporary life.
Paul Kariouk, Kariouk and Associates