Music Still Remains

Inspired by my mother’s dementia, this is an exploration of music and memory. It has been scientifically proven that music is the one memory that you will never lose. Because I am from a very musical family (my grandfather was a piano tuner, my aunts recorded gospel music), this is something to explore for me.

Each piece is inspired by a particular song, many of which were suggested to me by people that had a specific memory from it. I begin by putting on texture that represents the plaques and tangles in the brain of someone with dementia. Next I handwrite the entire lyrics on the canvas. As I research the history of the song, I collect words and images that stand out. As I apply the images to the canvas in layer after layer, small details begin to emerge and a story is told of the song, with each piece becoming a new world.

To fully immerse myself into each song, I also learn to play each one on the piano.