Art Installation

Alice Warnecke Sutro
Mistress of Memory / Palimpsest Suites

Through Aug 31, 2024
Various Locations

“Open Suite” Viewing Party / Meet the Artist
June 27, 5-7 pm

Harmon Guest House hosts a new mixed media project from artist Alice Warnecke Sutro entitled Mistress of Memory / Palimpsest Suites. This site-specific installation features playful life-size figurative drawings mounted on glass in the intimacy of the Harmon Guest House Suites, a companion video piece in the lobby, and a large wall mural at The Rooftop.
A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely scraped off or erased yet often still legible.
Leaning on the way hotels punctuate our lives as places we go to mark milestones and celebrations, the project gently reveals the palimpsest nature of a space built for transience. It suggests current visitors acknowledge those who came before them and those who will follow, thus creating intimacy through layers of private memory in a communal space. Guests will be invited to write their version of the memories held by the balloon women by submitting a flash fiction entry to be published on the project website.
The project was conceived, and much of the material completed, during a one-night stay by the artist in Suite #17.