Some things never change:
Yesterday I was digging through some archived writings and found an artist statement that I wrote in 2007 for the Collective Memories series of photographs. What really stood out to me is that regardless of the imagery or technique I am using, the memories and the feeling I am hoping to evoke have remained the same. The artist statement written 7 years ago could be written about any artwork I have ever made. It is a nice reminder of what is at the core of my work.
New Work by Chris Dahlquist
June 7, 2007
“In the telling and retelling the stories of our past, the events in question become stereotyped and selectively distorted as they become embedded in our collective memory.” — Arthur Neal
The significance of our collective memory lies in an event’s meaning not in the accuracy of the memory. What begins as a detailed account of events becomes a recollection that is gradually filtered so that details are forgotten. Factual memories fade with time; recollections are infused with feelings that form the meaning of our experiences. These emotional memories will be in the background of our minds waiting for a trigger to illuminate them for the rest of our lives.