Murmuring Keepsakes

4' x 1' 4.5' pine, walnut, audio speakers, 2016

In Murmuring Keepsakes, I placed sounds of my family within handmade wooden boxes of walnut and Spanish cedar.  My grandfather and his father were both Norwegian artisan cabinet and box makers; thinking of their hard work, I made my own. These boxes sit on a tall, slender pine table at a perfect height to serve sounds to the head. The boxes murmur with a slight vibration; they’re alive. When opened, the sounds become more clear and comprehensible. The boxes appear empty, but they are far from it for they hold the biggest things: the transformative power of sound and memories.