Based on volunteer work with hospice patients with dementia, I AM / AM I  asks viewers to feel uncomfortable and uncertain as they consider how loss of memory and loss of identity are related. The piece is comprised of more than one thousand hospital bracelets, each stitched using a sewing machine without thread, leaving only the puncture mark of the needle behind. As viewers enter the site-specific installation, the bracelets are transparent and declarative, stitched with the phrase "I am." As viewers continue into the space, the installation width becomes narrower and the bracelets become opaque as they ask a question instead: "Am I?"

 

photographs (c) Cliff Hollis