Anissa McRae

pre·serve  (pr -zûrv )
v. pre·served, pre·serv·ing, pre·serves
1. To maintain in safety from injury, peril, or harm; protect.
2. To keep in perfect or unaltered condition; maintain unchanged.
3. To keep or maintain intact: tried to preserve family harmony.
4. To prepare (food) for future use, as by canning or salting.
5. To prevent (organic bodies) from decaying or spoiling.

As we get older the idea of holding onto and keeping our memories alive becomes increasingly important - a concept only age can grasp.  As I become older I think back to my Grandmother and of the knowledge and memories that she dearly passed on to me.  As youths we may think it funny or annoying how the elderly tell us stories over and over again, however as you yourself begin to age the importance of this memory exchange becomes clearer and more significant. 

It’s about preservation.

In trying to capture this idea I decided to preserve sheep’s brains – each brain carefully preserved and bottled aesthetically like my Grandmother in vinegar or brine.  Each jar of brains, signifies a memory that is personally important and worth preserving.

Anissa McRae

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