Trauma Memory Identity Project

The Trauma Memory Identity Project is a series of paintings on printed photographs that is the result of documentation during the summer of 2016 of all of the objects that I had collected and kept in my life such as photographs, gifts, notes, and CDs. Through this archival and self-reflective process, I noticed a pattern of external factors that helped shape my identity as a woman and a present emotional disconnection from the objects. Assisted by evidence of how trauma effects memory in Dr. Bessel van der Kolk’s book The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, I recognized that I no longer identified with myself in photographs and that this disconnect has been distorted by my own trauma. In order to confront this distortion, I selected specific photos from integral periods in my life to re-examine, process, and heal through mixed media.