My recent work has explored levels of memory and how we classify and organize them. As humans we have the special and unique ability to recall and preserve, sometimes with great detail, complex memories. These may be classified as geological (the earth from where we are realized and the clay medium), biological (DNA), ethnic, cultural, familial, and personal. I refer to this organization as “taxonomy of memory”: a method of naming and classifying memory and its constructs.
I think of memory as layered, with each layer imparting bits of information to our consciousness at different times and then fading away; some memories float to the surface of our awareness whole and unedited, and some are imparted in brief flashes or appear as discreet thoughts, words, or feelings and seem to arise from a deeper locus.
Taos ceramic sculptor and independent curator Deborah Rael-Buckley was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1953. She took her BA in art history from the University of Illinois-Chicago and her MFA in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has been an active member and supporter of the arts of Taos and was a board member for the Taos Fall Arts Festival for six years and was Co-President for two years.
Her large-scale narrative ceramic and mixed media sculptures have been added to numerous public and private collections, most notably the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, The State of New Mexico, and the Albuquerque Museum of Art. She gave her TEDx talk in Albuquerque in 2016. Her works have been widely awarded and published, nationally and internationally.