This was the first part of a three-part series (parts 2 and 3 being Self Portrait and Neighborhood) exploring the interactions between people, memory, and space. This is a landscape composed entirely out of the bodies of my friends, collaged together. This painting was born out of the idea that we're around certain people so much that their presence becomes a sort of landscape which we navigate as an extra layer in the physical world.
This portrait is the second in my series exploring the relationships between people, places, and memory. The painting combines three images - one of me, one taken out of the window of my studio in New York City, my current home, and a photo of waves taken on the beach near where I lived as a child. The idea was to create a self portrait of places just as much as a literal self portrait.
- 24" x 24" (WxH)
Oil on canvas, acrylic on plexiglass, and acrylic on frosted plexiglass
This is my final installment in the people/place/memory series. It combines a photo of the street outside my studio with an archival photo of the same neighborhood taken in the 70s and a photo of me in the studio taken when I first moved to New York. Instead of layering the photos in paint on one canvas as I had previously, the painting is assembled of two sheets of plexiglass suspended in front of the canvas, creating a dimensional effect and inviting the viewer's reflection into the work. This piece was an attempt to investigate the ways in which we interact with the history of our neighborhoods, exploring their present incarnations and forming recent memories while simultaneously investigating or forgetting the history of the same physical spaces.
- 24" x 36" (WxH)