Memory Quilt

By Kayla Kioko Reger
Memory Quilt meets at the crossroads of memory and identity, consisting first and foremost of a hanging quilt: the patterned part can be seen, touched, and even smelled, while images from my memories are projected on the inside. The installation plays ambient sounds: a collection of voices, music, and old fashioned VHS static from my own home videos. As a whole, the installation is meant to look kitschy, a visual equivalent to your childhood bedroom or grandparents’ attic. Memories are shaped by our senses and can be recalled via these same senses. These sensory experiences offer a broader and, perhaps, more interesting story of my heritage and the beautiful quilt of my background. Being of mixed ethnicity and cultural background, the quilt also represents my identity: a creation formed from the mismatched fabric of my upbringing. Memory Quilt is a narrative installation, using memory and sensory stimulants as its subjects, plot, time, and place. My goal is viewers connect to Memory Quilt not only by witnessing my own personal narrative, but also by reminding audiences of their own formative memories. Memory Quilt aims to stitch together these ephemeral narratives to build a larger understanding of our own cognition and identity as it relates to our personal and shared histories.
Kayla Reger

About Kayla Kioko Reger

Kayla was born in Whittier, California and grew up mostly in Southern California. She is of mixed descent, half Japanese and half German. Her father grew up in Buffalo, New York, and her mother grew up in Los Angeles, California. Her maternal grandparents played a large role in her upbringing. They both were born and raised on the big island of Hawai’i to immigrant Japanese parents. Her paternal grandparents were born and raised in small towns in upstate New York, in close proximity to dairy farms and amish communities. This mix of vastly different worlds is what shaped her upbringing and her identity today. She spent much of her childhood obsessed with books, geeking out over animals, playing with her cousins in their grandparents’ garden, and dancing Hula and Tahitian with her fellow hapa friends (hapa referring to a mixed ethnic identity). Memory Quilt is a reflection of this identity, relating memory to heritage, geography, time, and cultural community.

Orange County, California, United States of America