VOICEMAIL PAINTINGS: 2018

This series of paintings on mirrors is based on voicemail messages I have saved since moving back to America. Each painting is an emotional representation of speech extracted from a voicemail and digitally converted to a sound wave. The title refers to the language used, and the number corresponds to the order of the message received.

I chose to paint voicemails because they are fragments of our identity. The messages we choose to save create a deconstructed portrait of both the caller and the recipient. The deliberately limited & muted color palette used alludes to the “gray areas” in life. The caller's identity & the context of the message are intentionally omitted. The art remains simultaneously public and private, familiar and unknown. The square format of each work refers to social media and the fragmented self-portraits we create online.

This was work was done for the exhibition Cracking Nutshells at DZINE Gallery.