Part of the Vanishing Worlds virtual gallery.
Commercially sold in crafts stores, “scrapbook” paper provides a format for memories that doesn’t tell the full story behind the imagery, using preprinted materials to dictate how we preserve and brand our past. In “Scrapbooking”, thematic scrapbook paper sheets, overlaid with subversive images that are cut directly into the marketed imagery assert the unspoken truths that are disguised by the glossy “good time” veneer that our memories are supposed to have when mounted in this manner. What is “missing” (cut) from the image is what we are told to omit, or forget, about our “fond recollections”. Excised scraps are sorted into small specimen bags as “evidence”; like artifacts, they reveal the unacknowledged undercurrents of these memories.