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|| ||Time spent abroad has influenced my work to include themes of travel, movement and daydreaming. Whether it involves a visit to another country or my own back yard, my art begins with a camera and a journey. I use photography to capture specific moments in my memory, however I am drawn to images that can convey a snapshot of anyone’s memory: a boat tied to a dock may remind me of an afternoon in Madrid, but to someone else it is the boat they built with their grandfather as a child. As time passes, our treasured memories begin to lose details, which often become replaced by a more idealized version of the story. It is this version that I am trying to convey.|
I find that repetition in architecture facilitates daydreaming much like a mandala facilitates meditation. Although meditation is a deliberate act, while daydreaming tends to be accidental, both allow you to take a break from the noise of the world in order to free your mind and ultimately refocus. I have recently made an attempt to pay attention as my mind wanders while looking at the architectural details around me. I call these images my "Daydream Dwellings".
I am fascinated by the way printmaking processes can be used to transform a photograph. The gum transfer process in particular can break down a photograph in a way that results in a “bad print.” I use a variety of media to bring these broken photographs back to life. Layers of ink, acrylic, encaustic, and collage help to turn my nostalgic images into work that suggests a passing of time. My hope is that my mixed media paintings remind the viewer of a simpler time in their own idealized memories.
I’m not going to tell you the story as it happened.
I’m going to tell you the story as I remember it.
-Finn Bell, Great Expectations