Recollections


What elements make up our memories? What do we choose to remember? How do we piece together the past? Does it matter if our memories are accurate or not?


As I created this body of work I consciously thought about the elements I utilized. I burnt the wood in order to bring out the grain. The history of the tree is embedded there, each circle representing the story of a year that passed. The act of burning itself bears witness to the transmutation that happens with the passage from experience to memory, and from life to death. The gold leaf represents how memories are often held in a dream like reality, shimmering and unreal. The majority of text is in Hungarian allowing the foreign words to be replaced by the viewers own imagined narrative.


*Please scroll to the far right for accompanying video 

Laena Wilder, Recollections, old photographs, gold leaf, burnt wood, memories, family, mixed media
Laena Wilder, Recollections, old photographs, gold leaf, burnt wood, memories, family, mixed media
Laena Wilder, Photographer, Photography, Recollections, Old photos, Memories, Gold leaf, burnt wood, mixed media, Wildervision
Laena Wilder, Photographer, Photography, Recollections, Old photos, Memories, Gold leaf, burnt wood, mixed media, Wildervision
Laena Wilder, Photographer, Photography, Recollections, Old photos, Memories, Gold leaf, burnt wood, mixed media, Wildervision
Laena Wilder, Photographer, Photography, Recollections, Old photos, Memories, Gold leaf, burnt wood, mixed media, Wildervision
Laena Wilder, Photographer, Photography, Recollections, Old photos, Memories, Gold leaf, burnt wood, mixed media, Wildervision
Laena Wilder, Photographer, Photography, Recollections, Old photos, Memories, Gold leaf, burnt wood, mixed media, Wildervision
Laena Wilder, Photographer, Photography, Recollections, Old photos, Memories, Gold leaf, burnt wood, mixed media, Wildervision
Laena Wilder, Photographer, Photography, Recollections, Old photos, Memories, Gold leaf, burnt wood, mixed media, Wildervision
Laena Wilder, Photographer, Photography, Recollections, Old photos, Memories, Gold leaf, burnt wood, mixed media, Wildervision
Laena Wilder, Photographer, Photography, Recollections, Old photos, Memories, Gold leaf, burnt wood, mixed media, Wildervision
Laena Wilder, Photographer, Photography, Recollections, Old photos, Memories, Gold leaf, burnt wood, mixed media, Wildervision
Laena Wilder, Photographer, Photography, Recollections, Old photos, Memories, Gold leaf, burnt wood, mixed media, Wildervision
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