MFA ’20 Fine Arts Low-Residency
With my work, I practice imagining the liminal space between consciousness, memory and sensory experiences. I am interested in the fallibility of childhood memories and their effects on the response to visual information, story-telling and the construction of my bi-cultural identity. Using paint and objects, these ideas naturally evolve into abstractions. Images alongside stories and writings, partner to develop a dialogue that is primarily concerned with nostalgia’s mysterious and transfiguring power. The work functions as a bridge between past and present as well as a bridge between my academic disciplines as a writer and painter. In her essay ‘On keeping a notebook”, Joan Didion discusses the irrelevance of facts when recounting a moment or memory, suggesting that what is remembered is just as, if not more, valuable than what was. I look forward to the examination of time in this spirit. My paintings capture, if not the truth, the truest essence of a memory having survived the challenge of growing older, language chasms and more.