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False Memory

Alun Kirby

False Memory

Alun Kirby, ((Re)Re) Reconstructed Memory (triptych), 2017, Cyanotype on paper, Courtesy of the Artist ©Alun Kirby

Kirby’s work uses visual imagery and sculptural forms to address how memory makes us who we are, and how we construct memories individually and as a society. This triptych is Inspired by the reconstructive, inherently false nature of recalled memory. Offcuts of previous artworks are used as negatives to make a first (centre) image, a reconstructed memory. The same pieces are then torn and used to make a second image. Progressively, a series of five images were created from the same basic source material. Three are used in this triptych. The viewer’s own memories trigger any images seen in these abstract pieces, adding a further layer of falseness to these reconstructions of a non-existent recollection. Alun Kirby’s work investigates and responds to historical and contemporary philosophical and neurological theories of memory and self, through visual imagery and often creates work using cyanotype camera less photography and combined this with collage, origami, stichcraft and other techniques.

Kirby spent 20 years as a research scientist, before becoming a full-time artist in the UK. He is currently the artist-in-residence at York Explore Library & Archive and exhibited work as part of LOOK photo biennial.