Mixed Media Assemblage with Original Oil Painting & Papier Mâché
13.75 x 8.75 x 3 inches
In my work I often portray memory as something evoked by a network of triggers that cannot be articulated simply as a "story." For me, memory occurs in layers, levels, and pieces, and is metamorphosed at the moment in which one remembers past events. This particular piece, A Childhood, illustrates memory in this manner.
The first layer is from my perspective, the artist, recalling a childhood in Mexico. That recollection quickens the second level – that of the child looking at a magical and vibrantly colored world. Hence the surreal, warm, and brightly colored Mexican landscape painted on the door.
The third layer, within the box, is from the perspective of the girl reliving her childhood in Mexico. She takes the form of her first doll – within this realm memory becomes tactile and the child comes to life by turning the handle and propelling her wind chime legs.
And finally, the fourth layer is that of the girl with a fixed gaze, looking straight ahead from the past to the future – a different land (image on inside panel of the door) and at her own reflection, as an adult woman.