Memory is ambiguous. It gives us comfort, but also a sense of the eerie, the unchartered; we are often uncertain, untrusting of our own memory, particularly when recollections by others of the same event, appear to jeapordise our own thoughts. It is entirely based within physical matter, but like the "soul", it has an unreal, ethereal quality. Artist Kerry Tribe's recent work investigates memory, forgetfulness, ambiguity, and doubt, using recordable media to show the extremities of something that we – literally – take for granted.
Paul Luckraft, curator at Modern Art Oxford, collaborated with London's Camden Arts Centre and Bristol's Arnolfini to commission new work by three contemporary visual artists; Tribe was proposed by Arnolfini to be the final artist in the series. Her exhibition, Dead Star Light, covers a preoccupation with memory: personal and cultural. The works were made in 2009 and 10; they typify the forensic level of detail and investigation that Tribe puts into both her subject matter, and the way in which she covers and explores it. Many works embody a sense of craft, with Tribe working with animators, audio designers and other specialists in order to realise her work.