Karen Short “Ascendance”
Acrylic, Ink and Charcoal on Watercolor Paper
4’ 9.5 “ x 2’ 4.5”
"An interest in the ephemeral quality of memory strongly influences my work. I am particularly interested in the tendency of memories to become altered, and how an individual’s identity is shaped by these compromised recollections of life events. Though a memory’s foundation is usually in reality, it often contains muddled details or misattributed sources. As psychologist William James points out, “Most people, probably, are in doubt about certain matters ascribed to their past. They may have seen them, may have said them, done them or they may only have dreamed or imagined they did so”.
My imagery is drawn from a wide variety of influences, akin to how memories are fabricated from various experiences and information. Though the viewer may not be able to decipher the exact circumstances surrounding the imagery portrayed – the symbols and images may trigger their own recollections and associations."