Lucy Nordlinger

Region: MFA Annual

My paintings use the deconstruction of narrative and the disembodiment of gesture to create imagined spaces and navigate impossible distances. I approach each painting as if it were a stage—actors are arranged, props are placed, and a fiction or allegory is created. The objects and imagery in my paintings arise from dreams, mythology, ancestral history, poetry, geological phenomena, and scraps of paper around the studio. As the images converge on the picture plane, the objects inherit new life through context and juxtaposition. Each object gives clues to another’s meaning and simultaneously confounds its own resolution. A narrative emerges, new yet laden with the history of everything it brings along.