regroup Collective 21.9.22 – All the Frequent Troubles of our Days.

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Works in the show.

Between Memory & Experience 02.2022

Brown Paper and String 2022. 80 x 95 cm
Mixed media assemblage

In this current state of global uncertainty, in a world that occasionally has stopped making sense to me, I am creating ‘memento vivere’ as reminders to live.

My artwork is a document of my work in progress. This is what keeps me open to new ideas. Mine is a conscious practice. I often struggle to find the words to describe it. I capture a moment or produce things to explain. I explore my world; I am strolling through my ideas looking for answers to my questions. I am uncertain of the meanings I am finding, until after the event. This experience of making, reflecting, researching, and remaking, allows me to connect my memories and feelings together. My art pieces may be read like documents of exploration. They access parts of my memory and my experiences that I cannot articulate in words. They summon feelings, responding to questions and narratives. In this manner, I can raise Rebecca West’s vessel to my lips (West, 1955) and like  Anais Nin (Nin, 2012) taste life twice. It is the narratives behind the jars, daughters, lemons, statues, emotions and objects and the questions that emerge from the subjects’ juxtapositions that drive my practice. Through painting, photographing, tearing, sticking, and pasting, new meanings emerge. This is how I currently untangle my world perpetuating curiosity and energy around me.

Sarah Chalkie Cloonan 2022