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Repurposed Material And Reimagined Childhood: Molten Memories

Artist, Images SARAH ROSEMAN
Work MOLTEN MEMORIES
Words MARYAM ARSHAD

Materials RECLAIMED CARPETS, LAMINATE WOOD, TILES
Themes CHILDHOOD, MATERIAL PAST AND FUTURE, SENTIMENT
Location EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS

14.02.22





Molten memories. How do memories from our childhood interact with repurposed materials? Are new memories evoked? Do old forgotten ones resurface? Molten Memories, by designer and researcher Sarah Roseman, sees environments of the past re-energised, interwoven and carefully designed into a new layered terrain and floor-piece.

The topography of Molten Memories is deep. Contours and sentiments of lived experiences. Molten Memories is an archive of discarded materials collected from sites of renovation and demolition around Eindhoven, Netherlands. One site driving the process of erasing and one driving the process of forgetting. Materials from childhood - plastic toys, paper books, soft wood, carpets. At the end of its material life, and as childhood comes to an end simultaneously, does the sentiment fade along with the memories? 

This piece has one environment cascading into another. Questions emerge from the rich textures and lines. They don’t appear to cease as you follow the echoes of Molten Memories.













Materials become tools for mapping. A material as a memory, as a collective archive, as a space outside of the brain that resides in physical environments, discarded pieces and moments. And memory, as a precious and intimate aspect of life and of childhood that clings on.

Molten memories revives forgotten and discarded memories through their material vessels. It re-routes these fragments and redesigns an environment of topographic variety. Molten memories is a piece of rich nostalgia, vivid memories, and past materials. It explores the linear path of time in a new perspective, breaking down the trajectory and circling it back. Childhood memories and materials make their way to adult life. Do they hold the same meaning, do they have more significance, do they have a greater capacity to evoke forgotten emotion?

What sort of emotion creeps back into the short-term memory, despite our limited capacity for holding information? Molten Memories is a textured archive. It reassesses material life cycles and puts them in sync with human life cycles.

Laminate wood that served as a means of travel across home spaces, lining floors and collecting memories across a span of time. In the same way that this material fuses layers with one another, the most aesthetically pleasing residing in the top layer, the material finds parallels with childhood. Layers of lived experiences, coated in the joy and freedom of youth. Hues of brown that display a resilience and strength despite their design. How far can we associate with a material, in its rerouting?

Childhood and hope. Carpets that lay across wooden floors, abundant in number and colour, nurturing the senses. Discarded carpets, tufted to embody toys from childhood. Does this change then detract from the meaning or amplify it? Like the floors, the carpets hold elements of sentiment within. As yarn is respun and shapes evolve, now a carpet becomes reminiscent of a toy. Made from the fabrics of those childhood memories brimming with hope. How easy is it to fall back into moments of youth? 










Time, memory, material. Sarah Roseman meshes these concepts fluidly. Molten Memories blurs the past and present, it proposes a new manner of documenting and setting aside the most intimate moments of life. It creates a new environment, not to scale and yet, inviting. How does material meaning change when it is attached to memories and lived experiences from a different time? How far can we change material meanings assigned to physical things? Here, momentarily, material futures meet material pasts.

Molten Memories is on at Salon Veneman in Eindhoven until 23 March.








Sarah Roseman is a Canadian designer and material researcher based in the Netherlands. Molten Memories is an archive of found materials (from domestic demolition/renovation sites) gathered from the city Eindhoven, Netherlands. Molten Memories invites you to contemplate a question. How can the sentimental value of materials extend their use?

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