Dolomite, Memory of a Landscape, is a series of works that seeks to explore a space through memory. Sourced from a brief visit to the mountains of northern Italy, the prints depict spaces and landscapes that may at first be convincing—however upon further inspection they contain layers of impossibilities. Through these, I ask, can memory be trusted? How much can a memory, or an image in the mind's eye, change before it becomes untrue? Our brains are not perfect recording machines, so it is natural that some information becomes lost over time. Yet the brain also has the incredible tendency to embellish and fill in detail in our memories. The memory may shift, evolve, gain and lose detail until it becomes something entirely new. This is what I experienced in Italy—my memory of the place is so much grander than any straight, un-doctored depiction could ever hope to match. So it is my hypothesis here that through reconstruction of these spaces, compositing and rearranging as memory dictates, I have created images that are in a sense more true.
“Memory is a constructive process allowing us to remember our past, as well as allowing us to think about the future. Kaitlin’s project has captured this beautifully, creating pieces that are more akin to our memory than to the veridical environment. By melding multiple photographs into one piece it demonstrates both how memories can generalize and connect across episodes and highlight the aspects that make the current episode unique.”
-Dr Elisa Aminoff
Research Scientist, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC)