Artist: Melissa Patel
Title: Tunnel Vision (diptych)
Medium: oil on paper
Dimensions: 43.1 x 71.1 x 2.5 cm (17" H x 28" W x 1" D)
These paintings explore the idea of memory and sentimentality. In a world that changes swiftly all around us there is a tendency to hold onto something of the past to keep ourselves grounded and centered. But our nostalgia is deceptive, as memories also change. They morph with different events and fade with time, until they appear more like a foggy dream rather than a lived experience. With these paintings I try to depict a memory in motion. One that is changing as the result of external forces but hasn’t yet been completely lost.