Splattered Mementos was inspired by Peter Cramer and Jack Waters.
When Azizi Curtis and Sade Swift met Jack and Peter they were welcomed by their vibrant energy and enthusiastic spirit for their art and activism. Their willingness to share their lives and unravel this timeline of how is has progressed sparked a fire within Azizi and Sade. Jack seemed mesmerized by the events that occurred within his life with Peter and reminisced on his past through photos and writing. Peter enjoyed analyzing these experiences and traced them through the photos and videos that he had taken. Jack is very front lines, while Peter is more behind the scenes and that’s what makes their collaboration and work so dynamic and unique.
Through this video Azizi and Sade are trying to represent the lives of these two artist. The poem is a reflection of the love that Jack has for writing, as well as a timeline of Jack and Peter’s life living with HIV/AIDS in New York CIty. The burning to the poem represents their sense of living in the now and allowing their past to be the past, but using it as a way to shape their future. Their past does not hold them back, rather propelled them forward.