OVAC on Gallery.
Learn about OVAC’s programs and mission in this feature from OETA’s “Gallery” show.
My work takes on the ephemerality of news and information and how the emotions we bring to each tragedy in the news cycle are swept away by the wave of information that floods the media. I address this social amnesia through my art with the work acting as a social memory for tragic events so quickly forgotten in our information age. Employing images of the overwhelming power of natural disasters to inspire empathy in the painting’s viewers, I used visual color blocks and large fields to draw in the audience for a closer view, while the finer details of the piece keep the audience fixated and allow them to feel immersed in the painting themselves.