I have never thought much about memory and personality, never considered the role memory plays in personality and the preservation and continuity of that personality in lived space. As an artist who is now witnessing the shattering of my father's personhood through the shattering of his memory, the question is, how to convey this devastating personal, human, experience without relying on visual clichés.
My failed drawings, with their layers of partially rendered scenes and gestures, gave me my visual and technical cues for this work. The frustration of trying to define what was not yet formed yet was intimated by what went earlier, the back-and-forth process of drawing in and erasing out, having an idea or image revealing itself one minute only to fall back into obscurity the next, mimics what I see happening to my father in his heroic effort to recognize in the moment his own personal narrative and memories.
Exhibition Opening To Be Announced
Wingate Art & Design Gallery • University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday: 10am - 4pm.
5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72913