Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Narrative Revised-2
The theatrics of storytelling is a powerful aspect of culture and is a means to create
another reality that stretches beyond our ordinary lives, exploring the stories around us,
or as a means to express our personal experiences. Each generation finds a way to tell
stories that reflect their time. The people who tell us these stories attempt to connect us
to the world by illustrating who we are and where we come from historically and
presently. This correlation gives us a sense of belonging. Without origin, I am
disconnected from the awareness of self.
A story has three major components: a protagonist, an antagonist, and a conflict. There
is also the setting: the place and the time that the story exists. For every person, for
every story, the framework is different. My work exploits the narrative potential of
painting. A painting, however, cannot encompass the entirety of a narrative, but it can
imply a narrative. It functions more like a single scene from the story rather than the
whole story. When we take a scene out of context, we are left to fill in the gaps. In this
manner, I allow room for the viewer to enter into my paintings and complete the stories
with their own past experiences.
I playfully question my relationships with relatives and the generational impact of denied
access to family history. I see the disconnection in the external and internal dialogs of
relationships. When looking at my family, I am intertwined with that social group but I
am disassociated from the connection. My paintings are embellishments of personal
experiences with them, as I complete my holes in the awareness of the loss of their
stories. By putting my characters in these normal settings with such unusual
circumstances, I create my own stories, both familiar and fantastic at the same time.