According to Paul Gaugin, ‘pottery is a central art’, and pottery means pots. And as remarked by Edmond de Waal, "pots are some of the very earliest artefacts created, made to celebrate rituals of birth, marriage and death.*
In keeping with this tradition, my Memory Boxes are vessels that hold memories: artefacts that record aspects of contemporary life which we share and hold dear.
This Memory Box, Quietly reading by Pinecrest Creek, depicts the ritual of a neighbour who, every morning, rain or shine, parks his bike against the same tree, sits on the same rock by the creek and reads his newspaper.
One morning last fall, while he sat there, framed by two birch trees, I took photos of him and his bicycle, as I walked by on the path. Later, I returned with my camera and went to the exact spot where he sits to see what he sees.
This is a record of his ritual.
* from The Pot Book by Emund De Wall