Brown, Thomas Aaron
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What happens when memories are altered or lost? When the journey we try to take back to where we once were proves fruitless, time and again? My thesis, Memory Palace, deals with this tenuous, liminal state between my childhood spent in rural Chad, Africa, and the adulthood in which I now find myself in urban America and elsewhere. I search for a place of belonging--knowing that the road back to the days I spent sipping tea just miles from Saharan dunes has long since disappeared. This project reflects not only metaphysical journeys but also formal and stylistic departures as I search for a means of expression that is as much a personal journey as it is linguistic. Memory Palace is ultimately an exploration of experiences abroad and beyond--an effort to find a path for myself that connects past with present, grief with consolation.