This painting symbolizes the extent to which I remember certain parts of my childhood, and how true to reality these memories most likely are. Memories from early childhood are a combination of impressions and ideals—a sum of parts that we've either genuinely tried to remember or purposely idealized. The resulting “memory” is a mixture of reality and fantasy. This painting is a prediction of how accurate my memories are of my four-year-old self, my mother, father, and childhood vacation spot, Chautauqua, NY. The highly un-naturalistic neon orange signifies the parts of my memories I predict are romanticized, and the parts that are more true to life are the elements I predict are more true to reality. What emerges is a range of impressions, a spectrum of recollections—uncanny and fragmented like a dream yet somehow familiar.
30" x 12", oil & acrylic on cotton shirt, April 2016