Gordon & Jean Thomas, 1953, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

As an artist, I am interested in memory and its relationship with objects and imagery.  My use of family photos, film, and commonplace forms comes from a desire to explore and conceptualize how dementia has affected my family and with it the passing on of memories.  In my work, I find an intimacy with what has been remembered and forgotten in our individual history. I create art that focuses upon hand-me-downs and fabricated objects that encourages recall. These recognizable objects partnered with photography evoke a shared visual and haptic experience, relating both to memory and familiar forms that we gather throughout our lives.  I utilize my skills as a metalsmith and digital archivist to create wall pieces and sculptural objects that create a personal and shared archive.

“Memory is, above all, archival.  It relies entirely on the materiality of the trace, the immediacy of the recording, the visibility of the image.”

            -Charles Merewether  

Rose Schlemmer is currently an adjunct professor of Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design as well as Ceramics at Indiana University East. In addition to teaching she is also an archivist of 8, 16, and 35mm films at Memnon archiving.  She received her BFA in 3D studio arts from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and her MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.