Lee Gainer

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Lucy at the Park, 2014

acrylic on handcrafted cradled panel, 36" x 50"

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create works that examine how memories are constructed and recalled.

Snapshots of vacation spots, family gatherings, and other notable moments are translated into detailed line drawings and then overlaid to create semi-abstract compositions. These new images display a somewhat mysterious yet subtlety familiar space that holds a collision of diluted symbolism and traces of nostalgia. The source photographs, selected from my sizable archive, are the results of our attempts to record an experience. They create a catalyst for recall. However, the recollection in our mind is unique. My artistic process is representative of the phases I believe are used to develop these memories: the perception manufactured from expectation, the details recorded from experience, and the incompletely distinct recollection. The integrated result that becomes our memory is influenced and over written by different bits of information created from each of these steps. My works leverage this internal process using visual insinuation to simultaneously present the individually meaningful moment and the universally shared familiar experience.

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