A Note For Honesty's Sake


A note, For honesty's sake:

This is the fourth web gallery I've hosted on my site, but the first to feature works exclusively created by me. Because of this, Memoryvision was both an exciting and anxiety-inducing experience to create. As opposed to the past collaborative galleries I have curated, Memoryvision was my attempt to stand on my own and present a unique brand of contemporary art that holds hands with formal, cognitive psychology and flirts with the principals of metacognition. At no point in this gallery do I ever mean to sound definitive, or even that I'm presenting some sort of radical breakthrough in the world of memory. Not only am I underqualified and undereducated to make such a statement, but I believe that Memoryvision should be something thought-provoking, but gentle above all else. If you wanted to read a full-on Psychology report, the web gallery of a twenty-something art school graduate is not the place to be. 

For those of you who may not know, my greatest passions lie in the realms of Art, especially Storytelling and in Psychology, specifically the Clinical field. I always try to embue these two fascinations of mine in my work, but they generally follow along the same dynamic:

The Art comes first. The Psychology comes second.

And one can see this clearly in all of my works. Be it the heavy Jungian themes in my game, 'The McMurdo Experiment' or the Neurological effects of blood loss in my short story, 'The Red Mother.' I would always come up with a solid concept, then detail it with a psych painted brush. But to me, that's not enough. The older I get, the more I focus my sights on the future and, if I am lucky, one day I will return to school to pursue a masters and doctorate in Psychology.  

Memoryvision is my attempt at presenting a Psychological statement using art to highlight my thesis. 

Memory has always been a very important 'thing' to me. I constantly write things down or take photos so I can remember where I've been, who I was with, and how I felt in the moment I was experiencing. This is not obsessive, rather it's both an act of preservation and expression. Like Sonnabend writes, after an experience is experienced, in its changed state as a memory it begins to decay and morph over time. While I am lucky to truly fear very few things, I do fear I one day may develop a Neurodegenerative Disease and lose the things that I hold closest to me, my memories. Even when the people in our lives are gone and the good times have passed, to be able to enrapture ourselves in the love of another or relive those "good times" distorted by perspective may those memories be, they are still invaluable.

Thus, I felt the need to create Memoryvision. An ode to memory, the act of remembering, nostalgia, and the truth that while a memory is not fact, it is something beautiful, personal, and valid. 

I don't think Memoryvision is over. The series will continue on and perhaps if I see potential, I may use it as a jumping off point for a clinical study. Who knows. For now, we have this little web gallery.

I hope you enjoyed Memoryvision in some way, shape, or form. Please do check out the links I have hyperlinked to the works of Psychologists and thinkers whose works have educated and inspired me. 

Thank you,

Aaron Margolin