My MFA project exhibition RECOLLECTING is comprised of 27 watercolor paintings on watercolor paper, ranging in size from 6 inches by 6 inches to 15 inches by 25 inches.
Memories and family stories from childhood are the central focus of my work. Early recollections, both negative and positive, shape who we are in the present and the decisions we make later in life. These memories sometimes evolve into personal legends and tall tales, which gain emotional significance over time. When family stories are told and retold they tend to become exaggerated or diminished. My images are not meant to be an accurate depiction of past events; it is my intention to playfully stylize my own memories and family stories.
The transparent nature of watercolor lends itself well to the ephemeral quality of a memory. Vibrant colors give new life to otherwise mundane, everyday objects and places, reinforcing their significance and their role as characters in my memories. Stylization is employed through the use of scale and distortion of space within the image. The subtle patterns within the image allude to experiences becoming exaggerated over time and the repetition of thoughts when we dwell on our past.
|Commitee:||Michelon, Mark, Stewart, Marian|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Illustration, Original paintings, Studio art, Watercolor|
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