Cannot Be Turned

March - late May 2014

Alexandra Zealand

“Atropos, she who cannot be turned, who at death with her shears cuts the thread of life.”

In Greek mythology, Atropos was one of the Moirae – the three goddesses of fate and destiny. Clotho spun the thread of life, Lachesis measured its length and their sister Atropos ended the life of each mortal by cutting the thread with her shears.

Working with the concept of a severed story line, installation artist Alexandra Zealand has created a remembrance piece about the loss of her father, Antonio Radocchia and the loss of his stories. Zealand describes her use of Musselman Library’s discarded strips of 16mm film that she has punched with the names of the mourned:

Cannot Be Turned16mm film is no longer the primary medium for documenting and retelling our stories. Libraries, which used to hold large collections of 16mm films for research and educational use, have switched over to DVDs and streaming video. But unlike digital media, 16mm film is literally transparent, consistently offering its subject up to the naked eye.

These are the stories of the people left behind. In recording them letter by letter, I make each a part of my own story. The contrast between the transparency of film and intangibility of memory is strong for me.

In a box near the installation on Musselman Library’s main floor, Zealand invites viewers to share their own stories to be included in this ongoing piece.