These are portraits of people who have passed away after leaving a significant impact on my life. Knowing that their absence is remembered differently for everyone they left behind, I questioned how a person is perceived by each of their acquaintances. When memories are recalled, a portrait of differing perspectives emerges.
The triptych, Shumpo Takagi is from my grandfathers autobiography. What he wrote is not necessarily what I remember most about him, leading me to a cloudy, blurred interpretation. Other portraits are painted with a stream of consciousness writing comprised of memories of the individual with highlights of the strongest thoughts. The image is based on a key aspect of the person: Kurt the turbulent waters of the Great Lakes where he sailed, and Oi a pinhole camera vignette from his photography.
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