Christian D Schmit firstname.lastname@example.org The principal concepts that fuel my current work are the creation, capture, and containment of memories. Memories are generally considered thoughts that are re-collected from the past, but for my purposes, memories are created in real time and captured at their moment of inception. I refer to this as the Intensive Now, a process by which I occupy a period of time with a spirit of creative entirety. When I build a chest of drawers, for example, I am focused not only on creating the container, but also the contained. I am writing down thoughts, making drawings and constructing small objects, all of which are products of the moment, memories born and saved. And like memories, some of these holdings become obscured, hidden, inaccessible, distorted and lost forever. Some drawers are never opened and therefore their contents can at best be only imagined by the individual observer or intuited through a process of evidence gathering.
There is a phenomenon that occurs in my work: the sudden appearance of memories extrinsic to my own making. I called these foreign objects phantomemes, or ghost memories. They appear without explanation, and in many cases gain a foothold and influence the condition of the piece in which they are contained. I play the role of provocateur, encouraging visitors to create and insert phantomemes within my sculptures in ways both overt and mysterious. By allowing the public to deposit phantomemic objects within my work, I am circuitously establishing a series of signposts that point to unexpected destinations. In this way, the observer is transformed from casual onlooker to invested partner. My work is deliberately re-routed from its established, well-worn path, to a vast frontier of partnership and unpredictability.