I’m excited that The Little Yellow Paintbrush has asked me to be a featured artist during the month of October. This Friday, (Oct. 1st, 2010) will be the opening reception for this showing. For this show, I went ahead and finished a project I had been working on dealing with nostalgia for my childhood and the area where I grew up. Friday night will feature the first presentation of prints from the Nostalgia series. All of these images reflect Talbot County, Maryland as seen through my memory. They were taken over two trips to the area, during the summers of 2009 and 2010.
Some of the images are crisp and vibrant, indicative of those bright clear memories that often are more creation, then fact. Sometimes the images in your mind of a particular place or time are so clear, merely because you have spent years building up those concepts, reinforcing them over and over with feelings and opinions until they have been somewhat idealized (or villainized) in their appearance.
The bulk of the images, however, have been combined with rich textures of age and worn paper. These memories are the ones that are like looking through an old box of memorabilia. Some photos, some letters, some keepsakes like ticket stubs, etc. These items, with the memories that they represent, may have drifted to some dark corner of your mind, but by pulling them out of the dusty corner of the attic, you are taken back to a time or place once significant. These memories are not vibrant, but more raw, aged with perspective and viewed through the filter of subsequent life experiences. But they are treasured.
I grew up in Talbot County. I lived in Easton, went to school in Cordova, spent my summers in Oxford and St. Michaels — all towns within this Eastern Shore county. My memories are both aged and vibrant, idealized and stored away. It is my hope, that while these images are what I take as a memory of an area and time, the viewer may find a connection, either with their own experiences with Talbot County, or with memories of other places and other childhoods.
If you are in the area, please come out Friday night and enjoy — if not enjoy below a selection of images – both vibrant and aged — from Nostalgia.