Ben Boothby

Region: Northeast


City / State: Brooklyn, NY

These paintings are built entirely from my memories of architectural moments. The architecture is a mnemonic structure that holds a multitude of conflicting memories and emotions from that space. Through this study of the architectural nature of my memories, I am creating visualizations of the way memories exist in all of our minds.

Memory’s visual nature is based on layers of spatial ambiguities and shifting degrees of focus, combined with scattered representational details. Memory exists in a state of flux; when we try to pin it down, to hold it for a second so we can examine the details, it does not sit still. I strive to capture the pulsation of a memory as it vibrates in self-contradictions and shifting contexts. The other key visual characteristic of memory is repetition. It is the way we strengthen memories, and its layered associative nature becomes a series of looping visuals.