Sarah Goetz is a visual studies major. Encyclopedia Americana: Burma-Cathay is a collection of gum-bichromate and platinum-palladium photographs of Sarah’s installation, a gentle brain washing. A film presenting the process, installation, and demise of the work accompanies the prints. Both the installation and the documentation focus on the methods and materials we use to validate our personal memories and connect to collective memories.
Here are some things Goetz has to say about her work:
John Locke made the claim that the only way we can know reality is through our experiences, and that the only way we could know our experiences is through our memory. Memory is the nexus through which one can relate the material and immaterial world, the physical and the chemical, the cognitive and behavioral, all in an attempt to understand reality. I’ve found that when I say the word “memory,” I wish to call to mind the whole host of its possible connotative and denotative meanings. For my Documentary Studies Capstone project, I’ve created one short film and several platinum palladium and gum-bichromate prints combining documentation of a sculptural installation and my scholarly research into the subject of memory and the archive.