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Convergence & They Move Mountains

These two paintings reflect on my past work, while revisiting elephants as a symbolic element in my artwork - first explored in my "Golden Elephant Series" (2014), which examined the relationship between sentimentality and symbolism. Elephants invoke concepts of memory, patience, wisdom, stability - elements artists often utilized to create their paintings. Memory and wisdom being the intellectual elements needed to understand art and compose meaningful work, while patience and stability are the physical elements need to carry out the sometimes difficult task of creating a work of art. "Convergence" visually expresses coming full circle. Reflecting on the growth of my artwork, while also taking a moment to acknowledge what has remained unchanged. "They Move Mountains" expresses continued development and change, merging some old ideas of symbolism into photogenic abstraction - a visual concept I began to explore in recent years.

Convergence & They Move Mountains

These two paintings reflect on my past work, while revisiting elephants as a symbolic element in my artwork - first explored in my "Golden Elephant Series" (2014), which examined the relationship between sentimentality and symbolism. Elephants invoke concepts of memory, patience, wisdom, stability - elements artists often utilized to create their paintings. Memory and wisdom being the intellectual elements needed to understand art and compose meaningful work, while patience and stability are the physical elements need to carry out the sometimes difficult task of creating a work of art. "Convergence" visually expresses coming full circle. Reflecting on the growth of my artwork, while also taking a moment to acknowledge what has remained unchanged. "They Move Mountains" expresses continued development and change, merging some old ideas of symbolism into photogenic abstraction - a visual concept I began to explore in recent years.

Tunnel Vision (diptych)

These paintings explore the idea of memory and sentimentality. In a world that changes swiftly all around us there is a tendency to hold onto something of the past to keep ourselves grounded and centered. But our nostalgia is deceptive, as memories also change. They morph with different events and fade with time, until they appear more like a foggy dream rather than a lived experience. With these paintings I try to depict a memory in motion. One that is changing as the result of external forces but hasn’t yet been completely lost.

Semantic vs. Episodic

"Semantic vs. Episodic", refers to the two different types of memory that we have. Semantic memory refers to a portion of long-term memory, which processes ideas and concepts that are not drawn from personal experience. This includes things that are common knowledge and information that helps us understand the gist of what something is. Episodic memory is the memory of autobiographical events, which includes specific information such as who, what, where, when, why. This type of memory is a collection of past personal experiences. With this series of work I wanted to explore the concepts and dualities of semantic and episodic memory visually, using photographs taken from my family’s photo album and using the knowledge I have of the stories that accompany them. My goal was to try to capture the essence of what a memory truly looks like on paper. I was experimenting with a mixture of ink, pigment powder, vegetable oil, and water to create an abstracted, organic, uncontrolled background within each image. The foreground is composed of a structured, representational, image drawn from the photograph. But neither the background nor foreground are completely separate from each other, they sometimes dissolve into one another. This again relates back to the different types of memory we have, one being a collection of more general abstract notions and the other more detailed and clear but not 100% accurate account of the past. Working with these non-archival materials also allows me to explore how these images will age and eventually disintegrate with time, like real memory.

Abstract Elements

With this series I was exploring the concept of photogenic abstraction. Which is the creation of abstract imagery based on photography. These three paintings focus on colors and organic shapes that are pulled out of the natural world and represented in an unnatural way. I layered photographic images of plant material, light reflecting on glass, and images of water to create these paintings. These different elements are reminiscent of the elements of earth, wind, fire, and water. The paintings show abstraction as a matter of perception, that if you take elements from real life, break them down and resemble them, you end up with an abstract image. But this image is not imaginary its still very much a representation of reality.