Christy Powers

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Christy Powers

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My work investigates two concepts, the role that photography plays in memory and then the relationship between painting and photography. By painting images from photographs of my own life--as well as the lives of friends, family and strangers--I create memories that exist in a space between reality and fiction. I remove details, change the colors, and distort the figures so that the viewer can project their own memory and images onto the piece.

I enjoy capturing this ephemeral and impermanent moment in my paintings. Depicting the ‘just-out-of-reach’ feeling in memory where some details remain sharp yet others blur and disappear.

This series of work is based on my family’s photo albums from when they were in the photo-engraving business. When my father passed away, I inherited a trove of photographs spanning over almost a century, from the early 1900s up to the 1980s.
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n archiving my family photographs, I was amazed by how many similar moments I found in them, many captured in my own photographs. There are recurring themes; the intimate bond between mother and child, close female friendships and the celebration of life events, both major and minor.