This installation piece grew out of an interest in the effects of words from others on self, words from our closest friends and family to words from strangers met. Through life one word can change our mood for an entire day.

I begin each painting with color blocks waiting to hold a figure. I study the faces that I see throughout the day and chose a word from a stack of flash cards that represent a planted seed or memory. I then paint the face over the word on the flash card and monoprint the image onto the canvas. The image is then placed on its own block. The image becomes distorted during the process just as our memory of the original encounter fades. The block is then glazed in bees wax morphing the image further as our own memories of the event change with time. Each one is a physical representation of an event in my life.

- Shelley


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