When the mind begins to wander, what it is actually doing is entering into its “default network,” the system responsible for all forms of spontaneous thought, such as daydreaming and reminiscing. Occasionally, when the default network is active it may dredge up information stored in subconscious memory, such as arbitrary words and phrases, and turn them into conscious thoughts. These words can undergo transformation through word-association during their journey to consciousness, making them unrecognizable as memory fragments. Experiencing said bouts of words springing into one’s mind is known as mind-popping. A few examples of my own mind-pops include: “The Lean Remorse,” “Imitates Angora,” and “Semi Precious and Mature.” Though I cannot pinpoint the trivial memories that they stem from, they tend to repeat themselves in my head like a form of broken poetry.
My photographs mean to build a physical, but dream-like space for these glitches of memory, by recreating the manipulation that the words undergo on their way to consciousness. The images are reminiscent of dreams in that the words become distorted while being constructed specifically for the camera, just as how objects and people morph before us in our dreams and we do not realize. The images are titled with their accredited phrase, each carrying themes of domesticity, boredom, femininity, and being slightly offbeat, all of which accurately represent my own wandering state of mind when a mind-pop occurs. The common household items reference what is familiar and expected, while the crafted structures and bizarre actions act as a satirical narration of the “bored housewife” stereotype. This has created a performance of everyday-level nonsense that not only highlights the absurdity of the mind-pops, but mocks the notion that if a person has too much time on their hands, they will begin to have crazy ideas.