It is impossible to trap all the nuances of a place or an experience in a single image. This year I am seventeen. I am a senior in high school and I recognize that I’m at a junction with infinite pathways. The exploration of these prospective pathways belongs at the center of my art. The best way to understand one’s approach to art would be to understand how they see themselves and the world around them. This year, I spent a lot of time at home on my computer and took many long walks around Ottawa. I explored using the tools available to me and found something unexpected.
About the Works
I think the perspective shift that has occurred in 2020 has enabled the re-discovery of familiar people and places, which have surrounded me since my earliest memories. This pathway exploration appears through my choice of subject. My work unfolds by exploring one moment at a time and the emotions that can be trapped and suspended in that split second by the lingering mind. I now realize how much one’s individual actions cause ripples around them, as everything else in this year seemed to freeze and to whirl in circles simultaneously. Art and the vulnerability that comes with it, allowed me to observe my own position. While the dimensions of a single image are unchangeable, every other aspect of the way I perceive the world has transformed. These are topics I explored in my assemblage and tried to engage. A challenge hidden in language offered the re-discovery of a familiar destination, allowed the exploration of shared moments and memories that would otherwise have gone unnoticed.