I began working with my grandmother’s carefully curated collection of ceramic pigs and piggy banks when she was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. With the onset of her dementia, my grandmother felt a need to collect things and had begun to hoard. But this collection of pigs was assembled when collecting was still for pleasure and through this drawing project, I can now appreciate my grandmother’s selectiveness and curation of these trinkets.
This work follows my on-going examination of memory and personal histories. Aside from their decorative purposes, the piggy banks also serve a practical means of collecting and storing coins. My drawings show the pigs stacked up on each other, precariously teetering and on the edge of falling and breaking, making them useless. We collect memories throughout our lifetimes, only to start losing them in the end.