In the instant a photograph is taken, it is in the past; the moment it is seen, it is lost forever. Is it possible at all to know an image if it is untouched by time? Perceptual understanding requires a dynamic narrative tension or as a form of consciousness, or a fund of possible knowledge, it disintegrates. To create this effect, I aged my own family photographs in kiln dried porcelain using a tape casting process until the images disappeared behind a blank, white surface, waiting to be rediscovered. When the fragments are placed over a light box, the images reappear, as if they were being revealed, or reinterpreted, so that they are visible again, as a kind of trace of a lost time and place, in the way that historians or archeologists do when they reconsider or collect the past, by shining the light of the mind through them in an attempt to understand what they are looking at.
medium: porcelain, stainless steel and led lights