My sustained investigation is what home means to me. I wanted to explore the topics of my childhood and the idea of growing up. I am turning eighteen at the end of the school year and will be living on my own, away from my parents, for the first time. I wanted to look back at one chapter of my life that is slowly coming to end. Rather than look at this as coming to an end in a sad way, I wanted to look at my childhood in a positive way and utilize my sustained investigation as a way to immortalize what I experienced, my identity, and those who made my childhood great.
I decided to explore this topic through events and ideas that make up my childhood. I wanted to choose specific things that mean a lot to me and made my childhood more special. For example, growing up I went camping a lot. So, I decided to do a piece depicting sand cranes that I would see when we went camping at Ottawa Lake. My dog, Honey, has been a huge part of my life, recently, as I have always wanted a dog. It was a huge moment in my life to finally get one and I have loved spending time with her and taking care of her every day. I wanted to depict my love for her and the impact she has created on my life.
I chose this as my sustained investigation because I wanted to do something a bit more cheerful and positive, as I like to use a lot of bright colors in my pieces. Further, I wanted to utilize these pieces as a symbolism of moving on. I wanted my pieces to reminisce photographs or memories in their shape (i.e. rectangular or square like prints). Further, I wanted them to encapsulate certain memories or ideas integral to my childhood. I wanted the paintings to show parts of my identity or certain memories I love. Essentially, I want to show aspects of my childhood because I will be entering a new chapter in my life. I explored this idea by going through different milestones or constants within my childhood. A snake I had as a child, images of summer trips, writing on the walls, etc. These were events that occurred and reoccurred throughout my childhood, helping to shape who I am and my interactions with others. I looked back at pictures, looked around my room, and explored my neighborhood for things that reminded me of when I was younger.
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