Snapshots

 

Depicting fabricated scenes and false memories of domesticity through painting, I reconstruct anonymous memories from fragmented photographs. Culled from estate sales, antique thrift stores, and the Internet, taken to psychic readings, I begin fusing unknown photographs into paintings. My paintings recall an idealized domesticity and refer to standardized images of American family. I relate them to the process the mind uses to reconstruct actual past experiences while examining our ideals of family cultural structures.

 

The invented scenes are from an archetypal mixture of past and present cultural influences. The paintings create a hybrid of these images to fictionalize a narrative of specific cultural signifiers such as figures, cars, and houses. The idiosyncratic scenes of familiar elements of domestic life portray a symbolic and stylistic nostalgic ordinariness.

 

Street View Acrylic on Canvas 40''x30''

2013