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Artist Statement

"Manifest Memory" is a collection of collages and paintings that visually reclaim what has been lost over time.  Through a variety of mediums, including ink, watercolor and acrylic paint, I guide the viewer through my memories of what I no longer have; prominently focused on my mom and my childhood home.  I examine both the physical and intangible characteristics of my personal connection to people, places and things.  I represent these concepts in abstract representations of memories that explore concepts of remembrance and the ephemeral nature of existence.

These works are created from memory, reference, and observation. I use colors that are specific to an actual object and person, while simultaneously emphasizing the immaterial specificity of a feeling attached to a memory through an arbitrary palette.  The compositions combine dichotomies of space through the layering of patterns with central themes and objects; they evoke contemplation, introspection, and a deeper understanding of the human experience.  I want to convey the transient nature of memory and its ability to recover lost people, places and perceptions.

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