Nominated by University of Illinois - Chicago
Personal loss – through death and other tragic means – is paradoxical in that it is both universally shared yet profoundly isolating. Although still young, I have experienced many personal losses over the years. I find myself repeatedly confronting such life disturbances while forever working through painful memories. Among the few things that provide comfort are the photographs and home videos of my family’s past. I am exploring how memories are intrinsically tied to images and objects and how they can idealize memories as well as outlive the memories that they contain. My work engages memories of loss via the visual artifacts of remembrance. By using an alchemical approach to painting and other mediums, I point to the historical presences that surround familiar objects, experiences, and memories.
Image: It's Just Something I Can Never Watch, 2017