Nora Irvin


Art shapes our collective memory and it also, helps to decipher and inform our experiences. Photography's ability to blur boundaries between the real and imaginative creates an environment for exploring ideas about memory. Likewise, Memorative Art engages the use of visual sense and spatial orientation which highlights the natural connection between the visual, spatial and order, found in recollections. Furthermore, physically manipulating an image illustrates how experiences and emotions manipulate memory. In particular the cut layers upon layers of a single slice of imagery focuses attention to how experiences continue shape our perception of the past. Whether it is the emotional response, perhaps by viewing an old family photo, or an intellectual response triggered by attempting to find some recognition within the frame, photography guides the viewer to engage in memory.

Shifty Memory Flag-Books

Memory is ever-changing. This group of flag books evolved during my exploration of the past. Highlighting the inherent duality of photography; these images are made using a macro-tube to focus on close subjects, namely my family. Consequently, the level of intimacy and a strange sense of intrusion take place. Furthermore, by the manipulation of cutting and dicing the paper, memories are represented as false. Interferences by relational interactions, and circumstances adjust past reflections. Therefore, those memories create ever-altering mental pictures that are just as unreal as they are real.