Painting & Drawing
Halfway through my last semester of senior year, the COVID-19 pandemic erupted which uprooted the lives of millions of people and shut down most of the world. The university gave students only a couple days to make arrangements, pack our essentials, and go home. One day I’m in my studio space painting and the next I’m quarantined. I am now at my mom’s house trying to find space for all the stuff stored in my old room as well as what I brought home. So much has changed in my life and my art career over the past couple weeks that I’ve struggled to create as I did before isolation. It took me a while to realize that I should use how I’m feeling to push the work I’m making, rather than let it suffocate me. The constant anxiety and claustrophobia that isolation invoked, has amplified the need to break out, feel free, to travel away from everything that is happening.
Adapting to my new lifestyle has me working on a much smaller scale than my previous paintings. Working with paint markers at this scale has allowed me to minimize my supplies, which has become quite important, due to my lack of space at home. Memories have also become an important role in my work, as they are fleeting and are a way to dissociate from what is going on in the world today. The scenes I depict recall moments that I associate with good times in my life or capture the essence of isolation and escape. There is an intimacy with a person and their memories that I want to portray, while still making sure each painting has a charge and a liveliness to them. To do this, I kept each painting under 3 inches, used vibrant color palettes, and layered “sketchy” lines. They are dream-like moments that tell a story of some part of my life and reflect my desire to be in those moments again.