Joyce Melander-Dayton lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A graduate of Carleton College and the University of Minnesota, she has exhibited internationally and her work is held in many private and public collections.
Memory is ephemeral. It is malleable and elusive. It changes to accommodate our present. It is a story that we tell ourselves to give us meaning. It is a gift.
I started Theme and Variations on my 25th wedding anniversary trip to Scandinavia. It was a joyful time. My husband and I had beaten the odds: after 25 years we were still married and in love. We were looking to many more years together. I remember working on this piece while sitting in the lounge on a mail boat traveling north up the Norwegian coast.
Seven years have passed and my husband and I are getting a divorce. What was once unthinkable is now my reality. Yet, I am unburdened: I have the memory of making Theme and Variations and while I grieve my loss, I realize I have a new beginning.
The beauty of working with needle and thread is that it ties one to the present. Every stitch is a singular record of the moment lived. One’s senses are heightened, one is available to experience the “now” more fully. My marriage may be ending, but my memory of our best times has been made possible by the fact that I could slow down enough to appreciate them. I look at Theme and Variations and am grateful for the memories it brings me.
Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell, Hard Twist 10 Memory winds its way through textiles, a constant thread that runs through the earliest archaeological fragments, the latest experimental synthetics and everything in between. Textiles hold memory, recall memory, record – and occasionally obscure – memory. In some recent incarnations they even have memory. On view August 27, 2015 to December 27, 2015; Opening Reception on September 10th (7-10pm) on the 3rd and 4th floor Galleries of the hotel.