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For my Honors project, I created a series of paintings that seek to depict the scene of some of my most pivotal memories in a way that maintains both the location of the landscape, and the events that occurred within that landscape, vague and undisclosed. I distill the elements of each landscape, abstracting it into an assortment of basic forms and colors. The objective is to depict an unknown yet familiar space, a scene that can transport any individual into introspective analysis. I believe that by painting these vacant spaces, I created a platform onto which a viewer could project their own experiences and recollections. Within this paper I aim to situate my paintings within a contemporary framework, while referencing theoretical psychological academic writings and historical references. Through a formal analysis, I will explain how elements such as color, perspective, surface, and materiality play a role within the conceptual idea of the work. I place my paintings within an academic context by examining some of the psychological literature that address autobiographical memory, memory creation, recollection, and inherent bias of memory. Last, I will explain how the work is in dialogue with other artists and how their work influenced this series. I believe that by understanding the way in which memory has been examined so far through an academic lens, I can better illustrate memories and how they work. I hope to create a series of landscapes that catapult the viewer into an introspective journey.
Paintings, Memory, Personal Past, Landscape
Mago, K. R. (2017). Places of Personal Past: Recollecting Memories Through a Landscape. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1493410418