Visakha Jane Phillips
My work is an act of synthesizing memory, family history, and place. The collaged nature of my paintings speaks to this synthesis and serves to mimic the convoluted nature of memory and blurriness of familial narratives. Many objects incorporated throughout my paintings are seemingly arbitrary but hold weight in my memory for their feeling of permanence. Despite memory and the passage of time being at the foundation of my work, I have made efforts to evoke an impression more dreamlike than nostalgic; though I want some aspects to stay true to their reality for the sake of legibility, I make no attempt to depict scenes realistically. I wish for my paintings to feel as alive as their location still is.