My work explores the idea of art as visual memoir. Layering journal writings, fabric, old letters, and other ephemera onto a charcoal portrait reflects the creation of narrative from raw life experience and the evolution of how we understand our own lives and tell our stories. With each layer of life experience, our perspectives widen and our narratives shift, so that the stories we tell at 50 may bear little resemblance to the ones we told at 25. We’ve become archaeological sites worth excavating, with layer upon layer of artifacts telling the story of who we are and who we once were.
© Angela Amias