There is always a limit to the amount of information one can learn from an artifact; most artifacts speak a language heavily determined by archaeologists’ and historians’ interpretations. I believe the attempt to “read” or understand an artifact is to delve into an entire story and belief system. The resulting narratives can trigger memory and support a connection to history, religion, and culture.
For Unearthed I have created my own artifacts using found imagery, as a way to highlight the inevitable analysis involving multiple interpretations and narratives. Photography has the capacity to tell different “truths”, while clay objects are rarely mistrusted for what they signify. I am interested in juxtaposing these two distinct mediums as a way to discuss aspects of deception, preservation, translation, and memory.