Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.these
I recently finished this group of small pieces for the upcoming Little Gems show at the West End Gallery in Corning. Called Small Remembrances, they are all tiny paintings, coming in at only 1 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ in size. Like many of the tiny pieces I have done over the years tend to remind me of small snippets of memory. I tend to think of memory as tiny bits and pieces, individual images and bits of film that tell small stories of themselves before fitting into any sort of larger continuum.
When I assembled these Small Remembrance pieces together as a group I was struck by their cohesion and relationship to one another. The quote above from Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winning author, came to mind. This past Wednesday had been International Holocaust Remembrance Day and his always eloquent words were already on my mind.
There’s a darkness, a somberness, in these small pieces that fits here. While we might prefer that it be so, memory is not confined to the bright and happy nor should it be. Each memory, regardless of its size, by its very nature has an importance, an effect. Memory of our past shapes our future.
So while these may be tiny and may be insignificant in many ways, they have a purpose and a meaning that goes beyond size.