Undergraduate Honors Thesis


The Vast Landscape of Memory: Accessing the Infinite and Intergenerational Public Deposited

  • My honors thesis in the Bachelors of Fine Arts program in the Sculpture and Post-Studio Practices program explores ideas of genetic memory, preservation, loss, physical displacement, and genocide. It is a physical narrative about my fragmented identity and how it defines my interactions with my current surroundings at a primarily white institution in Boulder, Colorado. By being physically separated from my ancestral home and forced to assimilate into American culture, my art is an act of resistance and reconnection. The theory of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance has defined my explorations of  my own genetic memory. However, while genetic memory is defined by neural structure, my work considers genetic memory as it correlates to my cultural heritage. 


    The materials that compose my work, specifically traditional Indian women’s textiles, have their own memory shaped by their previous wearers and have an extensive cultural history that predates their fabrication. The techniques used in my sculptures emphasize the preservation of these textiles and their history. These include both traditional specimen preservation techniques such as pressing the fabric and modern techniques such as a digital transformation of the material through video and CAD software. Finally, the use of community interaction to gather information and materials is essential to nurture a recovering connection with my culture. In my work, I access these ideas through large-scale sculptures, video, and installation to create an immersive, visual, and tactile experience for the viewer.

Date Awarded
  • 2022-11-02
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Last Modified
  • 2022-11-09
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