The History of Forgetting
May 6–28, 2023
Opening ReceptionSaturday, May 6 5-8 pm
Open HoursSat-Sun 12-5pm
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Exhibition StatementThe History of Forgetting, Epiphany Couch's debut solo exhibition at Carnation Contemporary, is an exploration of ancestral knowledge and the complicated nature of memory. Through an intimate collection of assemblage, film photography, and unconventional artists’ books, Couch examines how we can emerge from a place of forgetting into one of remembering, honoring, and mending. Utilizing family stories, her own dreams, and materials found in family, tribal, and institutional archives, Couch creates a world of memorialization where the pain of things once lost is carefully held, acknowledged, and transformed.
ArtistEpiphany Couch is a multidisciplinary artist exploring generational knowledge, storytelling, and our connection to the metaphysical. By re-contextualizing traditional mediums such as bookmaking, photography, and sculpture, she looks to present new ways through which we can examine our pasts, the natural world, and our ancestors. Couch’s work is unapologetically personal, drawing from family stories, her childhood experience, archival research, and her own dreams. She utilizes the book not only as a format through which to share these stories but as a precious object — intimate and heirloom-like.
Couch is spuyaləpabš (Puyallup), Yakama, and Scandinavian and grew up in caləłali (Tacoma, Washington). She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
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