Institutional Memory is part of an ongoing project that explores variation in the creative process. Diverging from my fabrication background, I have deliberately separated myself from any familiarity with a particular material by allowing an outside entity to dictate the materials, time frame, and space of a new work. Here, at Indiana University, these parameters were determined by the Grunwald Gallery and IU Surplus. The rules are simple: I was granted access to the IU Surplus Stores warehouse and allowed to remove any object in their inventory. However, all of the materials must return to the warehouse, unharmed. This means that nothing could be cut, drilled, glued, welded, painted, carved, bent, cast, veneered, ground down, shellacked, or otherwise altered, changed, or damaged in any way. This new way of working has forced me to step outside of my normal set of expertise, setting up conditions for unexpected outcomes.