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You Only Have What You Remember is an installation of over 100 salt bowls, which creates a landscape that explores the topography of memory. Each bowl – empty and waiting – sits on a pedestal that varies in height, forming the personal topography of a bed. There is an indentation in the middle, a reference to a presence long gone. The installation is a place where safety and vulnerability meet, creating a sense of quiet meditation.


Salt is familiar:  we know what it tastes like, feels like. Our bodies contain salt, and our survival depends on it; salt is vital to the nerve cells’ communication and information processing from the moment of conception to death. It has many religious uses involving purification, and its connection with the landscape is fundamental.


The drawings in the exhibition echo the topography of the installation and its configuration. Each explores a different perspective of using color, pattern and imagery. They are another way of seeing.








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