My generation has access to a camera at all times. We snap photos with our phone of our coffee, our friends at various bars and social gatherings, of sunsets and of our newest pair of shoes with the intention of posting them onto a social media site. The children born after the mid-1990’s will have the most photo-narrated life of anyone yet. This body of work captures the snapshot moments that make up the life of a young adult.
It is hard for me to work on a painting for too long simply because I think the mark loses its spontaneity as I rework it over and over again to be representational. The consistency of my stroke is forceful and possesses a motion and a movement to it. I can relate easily to the concept of “En Plein Aire” works by Monet and other impressionists simply because they worked swiftly in the moment which allows the presence of their brushwork. They capture a fleeting moment in time, whether a particular type of light during the day or group of people in a promenade.
Though I do not paint the same subject matter, I do seek to capture experiences and activities that are commonplace for people my age. I find it satisfying to look at a photograph of a particular event or activity and put the motion back into it using paint as my agent. Memories have become so photo driven that we almost stop storing them in our brains because we know we have a reference photo to look back on to relive the moment. Photographs and videos have become so commonplace at this point that I created these works to bridge the gap between the two. They are still images with enough movement in them that they taken on a life of their own without becoming a literal moving picture. They are the next best thing to a memory and come to life if you think about them long enough.