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In any space, there is a residue that coats the present with a patina of memory. Creating layered imagery in dream-like paintings and prints, I use the domestic realm as a metaphor for the internal world of the mind, memories, and private thoughts, including them in compositions with symbols like the boundaries of windows, doors, and gates. These metaphorical structures also portray outward identities, which guard inner emotions. The conceptual aspects of these compositional elements weave together memories of the past and places of the present into a unified whole.
I began graduate school at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. I often found myself observing different dwellings within and outside of my personal spaces. My intention is to show the connection between our dwellings and minds and how the environment can influence a mental state.
Hardin, Sara R., "Reading the Room: Memory, Dwelling, and the Everyday" (2023). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 3067.