For this project, recreate the floorplan of a space and spend time in it.
Last year I spent a day in my hometown of Keizer, Oregon. Driving through the neighborhoods brought extremely specific memories to the surface
that would not have returned without being in the physical space. Reflecting on that day I decided to draw (with masking tape) a floorplan to scale
of my childhood home to see what memories would turn up. I chose a location in Central Park alongside ballfields where I'd feel comfortable
spending time in my space.
To paraphrase Aldous Huxley, everyone's memory is their private literature. And, personally, this experiece of being in the representation of my
childhood home caught me off guard with dense sense memories that consumed me in the space. My mind did not simply return to various
particular times. Which is to say, for me this experiment created a highly subjective effect. For example, I had a deep sense of remembering the
feeling of looking over at the kitchen as my mom finished preparing dinner, the smell of the jackets in the hall closet, and the quiet calm in the
living room that we didn't use very often. The wood grain on the cabinets and the linoleum floor, but not just the visual aesthetics of these things.
Being in the space again recalled these feelings and details to my utter surprise. There was an effortless return to my state of mind that had lived
in that house for so many years.
I guess you could say that in setting out to visit my childhood home, I ended up visiting my childhood self.
Thanks to Harvest for helping out and photographing.