Devin Howell

Region: MFA Annual


City / State: Fredericksburg , VA

My current body of work investigates personal stories, referencing life in South Florida. I view these paintings as nonlinear narratives prompted by biographical reference points. Memory is a form of imagination directed at the past and constructed in the present. It provides a set of specific parameters for imagery but also affords opportunities to experiment with subject/object emphasis and organization within the rectangle. The slippery nature of memory lends itself to playing with ideas of spatial ambiguity, volume, flatness, elongation, and compression. I like taking something ephemeral and diaphanous and grounding it in a concrete, physical application of paint, forcing the moment into a heavy suspension.