Material: Photo (laser processing)
Production year: 2019-
In this "Record" series, I use real photographs.
The reason for using real photographs is that they are relics from a time when photographs developed on photographic paper were the main storage medium for memories, unlike today's digital media.
The fact that the surface and edges of the photo are tattered by the letters expresses the decay and collapse of the memory due to deterioration.
The letters themselves are strings of seemingly unintelligible characters, but even written memories decay (garbled) over time and become difficult to recognize visually.
In addition, the fact that the face of the person in the photo is erased with letters means that due to the "deterioration of memory" and "decay of visual information" mentioned earlier, the memory of the "individual" that existed in the photo is also lost, and what exists after that are "traces of memory.
This expression of the decay of letters uses laser engraving and cutting.
I believe that using a laser to actually burn or engrave the surface is also an appropriate way to express the decay of memory.