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ARTIST STATEMENT:

I am interested in the need to assign meaning to seemingly valueless things because they are things that represent a connection to the deeper experience of loss. My work elevates the mundane, in a process of assigning meaning, that mimics the way we bring significance to loss with keepsakes and memorials. I want to create work that evokes a sense of nostalgia and exposes the sentimentality in memory. Color choice is tied to the decor and design trends of decades past that have become kitschy artifacts. Patterns reference fragments of common spaces and utilitarian objects while shifting to suggest the passage of time and the loss of stability that accompanies remembrance. Shapes intimate things that are no longer identifiable but retain familiarity. I am mimicking the past, attempting to reproduce the original while allowing imperfection and a lack of precision to create work that exploits the failure in repetition and the fragility in recollection.