The paintings in Passage combine my interest in visual narrative and history by illustrating events from my family's oral history. In ten oil and acrylic paintings I re-imagine my maternal grandparents' journey from El Salvador to the United States in the 1940s, and their subsequent lives in the United States. I was also inspired by stories of my paternal family's migration from the American Midwest to Los Angeles at the same time. The exhibition attempts to not only tell a family story, but to also describe California as a place of conjoining people and cultures. The figurative style of the paintings was used to communicate a linear narrative based on historical events, and to emphasize individual action as a driver of history. While most of the paintings are inspired by true stories, I have re-imagined and reconstructed the depicted moments until the line between fact and fiction has become blurred.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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