So I never do updates on my art, and I need to get in a better habit of doing so. I've spent this whole semester figuring out the direction I want my work to go. I have until December to produce a body of work for my BFA final show, and the stress of deciding on something I love has really gotten to me. I know I want to do pieces based on family, my own way of getting involved in family history. After all family is the most important thing.
1. First I began stitching these portraits of my close relatives (stitched on a sewing machine with fabric and felt), I wanted to collect my relative's stories and clothing and incorporate it into the pieces somehow. I did about 10 of these.
2. Since then the idea has evolved into not only highlighting these family members, but highlighting my life and my memories. Which led to these little mini oils. These oils are painted on photos. I liked the idea of taking an actual event/ memory in my life (the photo itself), building up layers so that the details are lost. The shapes are simplified and the faces are missing. I believe all our memories become more abstract as the details are lost. We really remember what we choose to while the actual event is altered. I wanted these paintings to resemble 'snapshots' achieved through their size (3x5) as well as through their compositions. These snapshots resemble photos we all have laying around in our house. They become 'snapshots' of my life/ memory, and hopefully arise memories of experiences within you (the viewer).
Anyway I plan to do 200 of these over the summer, and if the work is ever exhibited it will be viewed as an installation. I will install it so the gallery space/room has the walls plastered in these paintings from floor to ceiling.