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What is held in memory, artist book, 2011. all text and images © Maureen Piggins 2011

Original painting and poetry, found frame, photograph, Japanese paper Dimensions: 6.5″w, 8.5″h, 6.25″d Price: $500 Cdn, please enquire at maureen@maureenpiggins.com

ARTIST STATEMENT: “What is held in memory” refers both to a specific event and to the nature of how we retain memories themselves. Shortly before his death, I took my father outside for some air in the courtyard garden of his rest home. It was a brilliantly sunny day, full of colour and birdsong – a rare moment of peace that I could tell he enjoyed very much. When I reflect upon this time, a blur of flowers and light is the predominant memory – as seen in the abstract painting inside the box of the frame. A poem also unfolds from the center, while a photograph of my father, a more literal representation of that day, covers the outside. The traditional place of the framed photograph as momento is relocated to the outside, while a more subjective interpretation of events (what is actually kept in memory) is given prominence.

Conceived for “The New Book”, the fifth Festival of Artists’ Book and Small Editions 2012, Barcelona, Spain.

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  1. Maureen Piggins » Blog Archive » Barcelona and Italy: 8th Festival of Artist’s Books and Small Editions says:


    [...] libraries and shops – a wonderful merging of city, culture and art. “Echo”, “What is held in memory”, “Embalm” and “Seeds” have each had their turn showing at this great yearly [...]



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