by Tara Severance ’20 (Visual Arts)
"I find it difficult to truly organize what can’t be touched. Instead of coming to a resolution, being able to let go, there’s just a mass of disorganized thoughts. This makes any nostalgia that’s unaccompanied by a tangible object a sticky mental trap. Through my work I get to explore ways to physically sort these thoughts out.
Printmaking, papermaking, and digital art lend themselves well to this type of cataloging. Each medium is capable of producing multiples. Take a run of just one lithograph print; at the end there’s a whole assortment of objects including the original plate/stone, proofs, misprints, and final copies. Each product is turned into a memento of sorts. When digital art is added tothe mix, even more “objects” (different save states and sketches) are made.
The conglomerate left by these processes is sometimes overwhelming, but in that lies the point. This is the closest I can get to actually reorganizing the files of my brain ... As much as my work is about my own experiences, it’s also about visualizing and acting out the process we go through when dealing with the “stickiness” of nostalgia and memory."