Thinking of Initiation and Lots of Fish

Sandra Cipollone

Oil on Canvas

Photos of strangers in the past remind me of the cognitive dissonance I feel when looking at my own family photographs. Our family tree is a bit complicated, and even something as innocent as looking at our archives opens up emotional minefields. I’m not interested in nostalgia per se, because that is a (often literally) white-washed view of history. I want to leave the uncomfortable truths intact. By painting in an unnatural palette, I’m trying to share that feeling with the viewer.

I am taking source imagery from found antique photographs in my paintings. Paintings allow me to elevate images separated from their original, even unknown context to something universal. I try to add layers of meaning with color and composition.

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