Julia Dwyer, Float, Monotype print, 2019

                       Forbidden Fruit, Monotype Print, 2019

                       Breaking Waves with Stones, Monotype Print, 2019

(From left to right) Float, Breaking Waves with Stones, and Forbidden Fruit

The mind forms memory and narrative to string together a version of the self that can be built alongside our experiences. These monotype prints, derived from family photographs, string  together a narrative of childhood, memory, and the shared experience of being conditioned by society. We as humans have the ability to push memories down and to pull other memories in. We choose the way in which our narratives are told. We use these stories of ourselves to define  who we are, our values, our beliefs, and our wills. The prints also allude to the notion of childhood as an edenic space, where these ideas of self can be formed without pressure or knowledge of what they may become.  

The soft and sensual nature of some of these prints sexualizes the figures in our minds. This is not because of anything the child is doing but the associations we bring to them. This dialog opens up the relationship between adult and child, and the power dynamics and societal knowledge at play when encountering innocence. This relationship also demonstrates the grotesque nature of growing up and having innocent idyllic visions of life become corrupted. The inconsistencies which are innate to the process of monotype printing are extremely important in my usage of the medium. The deviations of imprintation mimic the qualities of memory itself. As experiences and circumstances are imprinted upon you, they can take slightly distorted forms. I love working with paper because of its fragile vulnerability, like a child or a memory, so susceptible to being molded, distorted, and changed.

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