Desire of Memory 
Artwork by Clara Turchi Rose

“I have never wanted to see a dead body. When my mum’s mother died I didn’t want to see her. It happened though that I had to give her a glance...”

The experience of witnessing death for the first time is likely to lead most people to reflect on life, death and of course memories. But for Clara her early experiences of death and the reflections that followed didn’t stop there – they led her down a road of creative expression and experimention that came together to form something truly unique.

“A year ago I found a way to love the subjects of my pictures even more than I do when I photograph them. I scrape them with a knife.” But Clara’s way of scraping is slow and caring “I only remove the first layer of surface off the prints. It is still there, the image, like a ghostly presence.”

Next she bottled the thin layer of surface removed from the prints and added a few drops of water. To her suprise as the surface material melted down the liquified material began to layer and change colour, and most interestingly the process never stopped. “Past information comes together and gives life to something new. Those bottles of liquid change like they are living organisms, like fluid memories that are forever changing.”

To Clara each container is a photograph in liquid state. They underline aspects of photography — a memory trapped and made physical, ownable, but they also challenge its ‘moment frozen in time’ quality because they keep on evolving.

“In truth every photograph evolves as it fades and matures, but it takes such a long time that it is hard for living person to appreciate it.”

Clara’s work has been exhibited and published internationally, with numerous collective shows and solo exhibitions. To view Persistency of Death (Desire of Memory) and her other works please visit

This feature was first published in Issue Two of SATORI. To explore issue one further click here.

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