“My work is about memory. I am fascinated by the bittersweet aspect of nostalgia that is neither entirely happy nor sad, but is a universal experience that humanizes us. The past is a deeply personal and resonant place for people and I am always looking at ways to capture these feelings on canvas; immortalize them and make them big. [...] There is both a sense of comfort and awkwardness in my work. I find it easier to represent the universality of these nostalgic subjects if I remain detached a little bit, so I often work from memories that are not my own. My source images come from snapshots from other people’s photo albums and most recently from strangers via requests on the Internet. I am especially drawn to photos that are blurry, disintegrating or over-exposed because visually they look so much like our foggy, fading memories.”
Kate currently has a call out for submissions for snapshots and photo from a summer vacation. She will immortalize the best ones in a series of paintings. Submissions are due by the end of May - the rest of the details are on her blog.
I don't have many family photos on my computer, but I may get my mum to bring some up when she visits. I do have some of my husband's though - maybe one of the following would work?
Which one do you like best? Think I should submit one? (My hubs is the one with the white hat, is he adorable or what??)