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2016 Art Statement
In my paintings and painting installations I rediscover and resurrect the people I find in discarded photo albums acquired at flea markets. In my artwork I explore the color snapshot collecting era of the last few decades. It is not my goal to copy the photos I find verbatim--but to impart, in artwork, my idea of what these discarded physical objects/artifacts represented, both emotionally and culturally. Beginning with the discovery of caches of superficial snapshots, I finish with collections of paintings that redress history--a providing new perspective of the lives of forgotten people.
My latest art project is a multi paneled installation referencing found snapshots of theNew Orleans World Fair of 1984. This installation consists of panels of oil on plexi-glass--20 panels (12" x 18"each) displayed on a shelf--30 running feet. I found these particular snapshots at a Baton Rouge thrift store. I was raised in Baton Rouge and was one of the 7 million attendees.
Since I attended this fair in 1984, the found snap shots had resonance for me. My installation explores both the memory of of one individual visitor as well as the historical event and the pathos associated with its financial ruin.