Q & A with Sarah Rehmer & gallery Director Laura Moriarty
LM: Could you speak a bit about how you use wax and books to communicate a sense of emptiness, and how it became such an important part of your practice?
SR: The concept of “anthems of empty” from my artist statement goes back to the theme of memory and memory loss. Anthems are usually defined as songs or hymns of celebration or praise- if you take the words away then they are just background music, no real meaning. When memory or memories are taken away from the individual, then what is left? The ability to make and retain memories is such a fundamental part of the human existence, that it is truly devastating when the ability to recall memories has failed the individual. What is left behind is emptiness, not only for the individual, but for everyone around that individual.
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