Janice Caswell

My drawings and installations represent mental maps, an investigation of the mind’s peculiar ways of organizing memories. I attempt to trace the edges of recalled experience, plotting the movement of bodies and consciousness through time and space.

This work arises out of a desire to capture experience, an impulse to locate, arrange and secure the past. I use a pared-down, coded language through which points, lines and fields of color define spaces and retell narratives, making memories concrete.

But memory is a flawed system. Gaps arise in the process of recollecting and the mind is constantly reconfiguring and recreating the past. My work embraces the mind’s faulty processes. In drawing my “maps,” subjective decision making, human error and reevaluation come into play. The result is a representation that is simultaneously deliberate and vague.

In attempting to create a system for representing experience, the pieces become dynamic records of memory itself in the act of recreating what would otherwise be lost.