Time Spent That Might Otherwise Be Forgotten

by Diane Meyer

These images are part of an ongoing project entitled, Time Spent That Might Otherwise Be Forgotten. In these images, cross stitch embroidery has been sewn directly into family and travel photographs from periods throughout my life. The images are broken down and reformed through the embroidery into a hand-sewn pixel structure. As areas of the image are concealed by the embroidery, small, seemingly trivial details emerge while the larger picture and context are erased. I am interested in the disjunct between actual experience and photographic representation and photography’s ability to supplant memory as well as the ways in which photographs transform personal history into nostalgic objects that obscure objective understandings of the past. By borrowing the visual language of digital imaging with an analog process, a connection is made between forgetting and digital file corruption. The tactility of the pieces also references the growing trend of photos remaining primarily digital- stored on cell phones and hard drives, but rarely printed out into a tangible object.