“You Forget to Ask These Things” is a non-linear video installation centered on the artist piecing together fragmented information about her grandmother's childhood growing up in the midwest in the 1930's.
The installation space is made of blocky monstrous white papier-mache furniture. The painted paper room resembles a life sized homemade doll house. The slumping dilapidated space hints at an idea of home being formed out of salvaged limited materials, yet the unified white color explains a place that is either sterile or not in use.
While the installation is active a video projection of distorted suburban homes migrates across the spaces architecture, sometimes landing on the papier-mache furniture and other times in corners, cracks and walls in the space.
The video was taken in 2011 by the artist while visiting her grandmother's childhood homes just months before her grandmother passed. The audio is of the artist asking her grandmother questions about her life. The video and audio passively documents a grandmother and granddaughter spending the afternoon together photographing homes while discussing family histories but what becomes increasingly central is the incomplete nature of the stories and the footage.
The work explores a conversation between the fragility of lost stories and lost spaces, where the obligatory piecing together of family, domesticity and past events provides a contradicting sense of belonging and detachment.