Where I Live
This thesis project is an exploration of the apartment that I share with my partner and our cat through the creation of a 550 square foot, multi-panel, unstretched painting on canvas. My practice in painting and collage leading up to this project is exclusively based on moments spent within my living space. The start of my artistic practice followed the start of my mindfulness practice, and since then, I consistently contemplate how my experience of my apartment, domesticity, and the mundanities of everyday life relate to the simultaneous activity within my mind.
In the making of this project, I contended with two spaces. One space, my apartment, is quite literally a space that I physically occupy during much of my time. I could not help but see similarities between the ongoings within my apartment and the ongoings within my mind, so I began to view my mind as the other space, a psychological space in which my consciousness lives. In Where I Live, aspects of the apartment merge with creative manifestations of my mind through use of color, pattern, material, and perspective in the form of a large scale, multi-panel painting.