Swing is a term I coined referring to the physical embodiment and motion of memory between the conscious and subconscious mind. The repetition of the line creates tension or pressure. Some lines become blurred, overlapping each other, illustrating the invasive but sometimes benign nature of memory, in response to a deterioration of cognition through Alzheimer’s Disease. A disease which has affected many people in my life.
The color abstractions are based off an instinctual narrative re-counting to my childhood memories, emotions and dreams. I remember playing in my grandparents’ yard, running around their house feeling the ribbed texture of their siding. I remember peeling paint off in long strips from their large wooden face to face swing. I associate, many of the colors in these paintings as symbols of nostalgia, anxiety and love.
Muscle Memory, an extension of Swing focuses on the “grain”; layering’s become more exaggerated as the compositions depend solely on line, and texture. it’s not my attention to illustrate a specific memory within the drawings, but to develop them into an abstract pattern.
I find that building these linear structures has become a meditative practice and obsession.