The Effect of Collected Memory on the Adorned Body solo exhibit

The Effect of Collected Memory on the Adorned Body by Marlena Wyman

The Works Site #1: Sir Winston Churchill Square, downtown Edmonton

Exhibit tent open daily June 20 – July 2, 2013   11:00AM – 9:30PM

Closing reception: July 1, 2013   2:00PM – 4:00PM

Mile Zero Dance Spazio Performativo: 10816 – 95 Street, Edmonton, AB

Show runs June 4 – July 31, 2016

Opening party June 4 from 3PM – 7PM

Exhibit description

This installation began in 2013 at The Works International Art & Design Festival in Edmonton, Alberta. The completed installation was mounted in 2016, again at The Works, in Mile Zero Dance’s Spazio Performativo.

In much of my art practice, my former long-time work as an archivist has invaded my artistic vision. In this exhibit, years of being surrounded by and wading through stacks of evidence documenting the lives and memories of strangers is expressed in tangible form.

Over four years, I collected objects of memory through public invitation. By commingling the personal objects of many strangers within the intimate form of the human body, a new and curious collective memory has been created.

I am interested in how objects can represent memory and emotion in the context of community, and how a new community is formed when strangers collaborate on an artwork and share stories that are attached to objects.

This project examines the concepts of the human impulse to collect and memorialize, and how we attribute emotional significance to objects.