This installation, by Jessica Spring and Scott Gruber, utilizes paper, an organic material attributed with memory from the moment it is formed, and letterpress printing, which makes a literal impression. Touching on all the senses, viewers are challenged to create their own treasure-house of ideas while contributing to our collective memories. Partially funded by a Tacoma Artist Initiative Project (TAIP) grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission.
Artist statement: "As an aging artist having a front-row seat to my father’s ravaging by Alzheimer’s disease, memory continues to be an intriguing, even unavoidably nagging topic of interest. Memory is simply defined as the ability to encode, retain, then recall information and past experiences. Memories stored in the brain are more of a jigsaw puzzle or a complex web than an organized library of books on shelves or accessible computer files. As humans we employ many memory aids—from digital apps, scratch-paper notes and old-fashioned mnemonic devices—to readily access facts we need. Derived from the Greek μνημονικός (mnēmonikos) and related to Mnemosyne—the mythological goddess of memory—mnemonics make use of encoding, retrieval cues, and imagery to better retain information. These memory tricks, including acronyms or silly rhymes, help us remember details from planetary names, days in a given month or mathematical order of operations. The method of Loci, or the Memory Palace, is another mnemonic device which uses visualizations about one’s environment to quickly and efficiently recall information. The method relies on taking abstract, unrelated pieces of information and establishing signposts on a route which incorporate navigational and spatial memory skills." –Jessica Spring
Exhibit open Oct. 22–Jan. 25. Reception Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.