Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2011

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In


First Advisor

Snitzer, James

First Committee Member

Snitzer, James G

Second Committee Member

Stratton, Margaret M

Third Committee Member

Leonard, Julia A

Fourth Committee Member

Martin, Emily

Fifth Committee Member

Dilg, John


32% of the Archive explores memory, loss, and the power of ephemera through recording and re-presenting objects from a personal archive. Through uniform recording, framing, and treatment of the art objects, 32% of the Archive, attempts to neutrally display personal objects so the audience can objectively investigate the material. The gesture falls short of impartial, though, for the specificity of the subject and the enormity of the act carries an emotional charge. Beyond presenting data, this work reflects a sincere effort to remember and preserve, to puzzle and piece together, to pay homage to what is lost in the transience of life. These re-presentations recall the concept of the indexical image. It is not the thing itself but the trace of the thing. It is not the moment itself but the conjured memory of the moment and the place and the people who inhabited it. Struggling to find the appropriate distance from these personal objects reflects the ambivalence of love, loss, and memory. But this is the true power of the photograph--to preserve and keep present that which is ephemeral.


archive, ephemera, indexical image, loss, memory, photography


vi, 92 pages


Copyright 2011 Jill Elise Kambs

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