After long forays into working on wood relief and collaged paper, I’ve recently returned to where I started, painting on canvas.
The subject matter in these new works still reflects my interest in memories of, and reflections on, childhood, which seen from a distance retains its innocence. Childhood informs our lives – consciously/unconsciously. Therefore, objects from that early time have deep emotional resonance. Using them as subjects for paintings can stir these feelings. Even if they aren’t the exact objects, the ones we personally encountered, we can recognize their symbolic nature.
Abstracting from these childhood objects takes them away from the literal, suggesting our own unique experiences. These abstractions serve as metaphors leading to our personal interpretations of their meaning, stirring up memories of things that may or may not have happened. As memory is fickle, we are reminded that even what we think was true might be fictitious, and there are truths we don’t remember.