The Elm Street Memory project is a painting installation. The human brain remembers up to 5-9 pieces of information at any given time, which are then arranged in collage format. I am interested in how we remember our existence in any physical space. For “Elm Street Memory”, I will walk along Elm Street and pause to sketch my surroundings 5-9 times. These visual records will then be transformed into a painting/collage format that represents my memory and visual records of Elm Street, and the physical and mental stimulation our bodies react to in order to understand our spatial surroundings.
Katey Austin was born and raised in New England and did her undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire, where she won the prestigious “Elizabeth Jones Scholarship” in 2010. She is currently earning her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.