What Comes Off in the Wash:
a study of what becomes of memory over time, in the physical manifestation of lint. The viewer is prompted to wonder “what exactly does come off in the wash?”. Along with small particles of dust and fiber, do our memories associated with articles of clothing also come off during incessant purging? How does the lessening of these articles of clothing over time also reflect the lessening of our memories associated with them?
The work consists of three panels, each with a progression (and a lessening) in size and shade of dryer lint samples, along with an associated memory that follows a parallel lessening.
Materials: embroidery hoops, dryer lint, wood panels coated in dryer sheets, captions printed on dryer sheets.
You wore this dress to the airport last winter
He kept saying “I can’t believe we met on a plane”
You didn’t have the nerve to tell him it wasn’t “fate”
You wore these jeans to a bonfire in the park
For some reason you said “the cops are coming”
She ran to hide behind the trees even though it wasn’t true
You wore this sweater to the movies on Tuesday
It was a Greek film, the protagonist was locked in the trunk of a car
When the credits rolled, the audience said “what?”