‘The object of art is to make eternal the desperately fleeting moment.’ – Tennessee Williams
The outcome of multimedia journaling, the paintings search for sound, memory, colour, and emotion, with cinematic -style imagery in mind.
Is it possible to truly capture a fleeting moment? In today’s age digital photography and social media feel like a ‘go-to’, a quick snapshot on your phone can preserve a moment for the indefinite future, but is it an honest depiction of the scene? With so many human sensations, a fleeting moment is so much more than an image. The obsession of a moment is product of longing for human connection, driven by the experience of a post – lockdown world.
The work is preservation and visual journaling, used as a vessel to romanticise and exaggerate transient moments, offering adaptability and manipulation from reality. The paintings engage an illusive or hallucinatory mood and atmosphere, depicting subject and environment, made with non- visual sensations in mind, such as sound and emotion. Some titles are taken from songs which reminisce people: the work is heavily induced by the music, providing soundtrack for the scene, and choreographing the making process.
The figures are central, placing themselves in ambiguously gestured surroundings, to provoke importance of those depicted. They’re Confidently and coherently scaled, to provoke a dramatic ‘snapshot’ sensation, as if to be collected or collated in an album. Colour is instinctive, a synesthetic approach to the scene, determining the emotional resonance of a memory, achieved through layering. Layering colour upon colour feels commemorative, as if I am enriching the moment.
I want the viewers to feel a sense of importance when considering the ‘fleeting moment’ and feel reflective and reminiscent of their own lives.