2020 BFA THESIS SHOW
BOSTON UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS


























 



BARBARA KANG

Thesis Book


We tend to think that memories are stored in our brains just as they are in computers. We can assume once registered, the data is stored for safe-keeping and for eventual, accurate recall. Although we may believe the facts do not change, neuroscientists have continually argued that each time we have a recollection--we are reconstructing the event, reassembling it from traces throughout the brain. Rather, memory is adaptive—reshaping itself to accommodate the new situations we find ourselves exposed to. Perception can change with each new experience, and every so often, we can convince ourselves something has happened. The more we recall, the more the memory is overridden. Memory is so malleable and fallible that it is easily subjected to being rendered to a new version so that the storyteller can be convinced that it is the truth. The transformative properties of the materials used in my work parallel the transfigurative qualities of recalling memory.

The element of time is an active part in my process. The materials used in my work—found objects, concrete, steel, plaster, copper, alginate, ice melt, salt, video projections and light—are either juxtaposed or combined and in turn, generate reactive properties. Predominantly, unexpected results of such combinations exhibit a façade of a fading, disintegrating imagery. My process and collective imagery contribute to the eventual characterization of my reflection on memories or elements of my childhood and adolescence. I hope to provide multimedia installations that offer my viewers an opportunity to empathize with my ever-changing perceptions of my past.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc in our beloved communities and disrupting daily functions, it has become a gradually taxing period as an artist to implement different tools to generate work. Using available applications and the minimal resources at hand, my “IIPH Proposal” has become a slow compilation of sketches based on past recollections and reevaluations on the notion of “home.”

Fragmentation of Memory, 2019, cement, plaster, ice melt, spray paint, copper, plastic, steel water, dimensions variable

Jamais Vu II, 2019, copper, steel, oil paint, plaster, wire, gesso, epoxy, found objects, rustoleum, potato bags, dimensions variable

Corruption Through Exposure, 2020, found object, alginate, spray paint, steel, plaster, cement, burlap, duo-chrome pigment, dimensions variable

IIPH 3-D Video Tour, 2020