Aver Interview #1 - Memory

Memory takes a lot of poetic license. It omits some details; others are exaggerated, according to the emotional value of the articles it touches, for memory is seated predominantly in the heart.
— TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, The Glass Menagerie

In the first of what we hope to be a series of AVER member interviews, we step back from the our creative endeavors and examine our personal roots; the memories, stories, and anecdotes that shape our work. Every person has a different tale to tell, and the AVER members are no exception.

Each interviewee was given eighteen questions about their past to answer, first in a text document and second in a face-to-face interview conducted about a month after the written interviews were completed. Interviewees were unaware of the oral portion of the interview until the last possible moment in order to keep responses as “true” as possible. Below you will find both the written and recorded responses for each participant. In using these two forms of expression – writing and speaking – members revealed, among other things, that the details of the past and the stories they carry can, and often do, change based on the circumstances of the present moment.

- JoJo Black