Memory and Perception
In the exhibited photographs, West reconstructs personal experiences and encounters in an ongoing investigation of his surrounding environment. Through the sampling and deconstruction of these moments, the surreal images look at how memory “is not a video recorder [but that] it’s a constructive activity that is in many ways accurate but prone to interesting errors and distortions”. Tie this in with photography’s ability to both record and deceive, West’s allegorical simulations force the viewer to consider the relationship between narrative meaning and their own subjectivities. West’s interest in exploring themes and memories in and around Palm Springs and California are exhibited here in “Still Life # 1 (Desert Oasis)” Memory & Perception 2018.