deconstructing formative life-experiences

Where will my studio work take me this semester? The work is about the process of deconstructing formative life experiences. My studio process always involves life experiences. The difference is that I am learning the language to explain it.
We all have a story. Some stories involve zero adversities, while others are fraught with them. Collectively, we can deconstruct life experiences together. An example of this might be motherhood. Mothers collectively deconstruct the experience of motherhood together, finding commonalities but also differences. Individually, we deconstruct motherhood within our time, the number of children, our relationship toward our mother, etc.
When you have adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), of which 60% of the US population has, deconstruction can be a minefield. In the deconstruction, there can be pain. In the studio process, there can be beauty and connection-building from the investigation. Healing through making, honoring through construction, and coping by sharing the studio process.

Thank you for following my art journey. You can see more of my work here.

my best,

Em

Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

Remember Reflect Reform In this work, I have been exploring phenomena of memory augmentation. I experimented with reflections and cinematic images by juxtaposing photographs, paint, wood, and mylar. The direction of the work includes painting intimate, reflective, observations of augmented memories.  I began by building a cabinet of curiosities as a way to form a tableau painting and experiment with different media. Inspired by the relief paintings by artist Sally Han, I built a model of a Victorian cabinet using tenets of Darwin's theory of evolution. I painted on a variety of surfaces including wood, photographs, and adding raw lumber to the pieces. In this process, I disassembled the cabinet to give autonomy to each piece. Although I diverted from the original idea of a final installation, there was an impulse to paint larger. Adding mylar was yet another way to accentuate reflection as a part of the critical dialogue with the work. The final result offers an opportunity to remember, reflect, and reform.

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