The Life and Deaths of The Mels
The Life and Deaths of The Mels, an ongoing project where I investigate the social and psychological impacts of treating myself as a stratified series of discrete selves rather than a single person in fluid development, to better understand—in the words of Dan Gilbert—that “the person [I am] right now is as transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people [I’ve] ever been.”
I’ve evaluated who I’ve been over the course of my life, and I’ve identified six moments of liminality that resulted in significant self-change, and arguably, created seven categorically different versions of myself over time. The Life and Deaths of The Mels rewrites my personal history as the births and deaths of these categorically different versions of myself. It attempts to prove the existence of these self-versions using faux-objective, faux-scientific research and ideas hybridized from personality psychology, evolutionary biology, and quantum physics.
Projects that tessellated from these ideas include: Here Lie the Bones, Museum of The Mels, and Melga Blank.