Marjolyn Van Der Hart

Dreamscape, Mixed Media on Panel, 40" x 30"

Dreamscape, Mixed Media on Panel, 40" x 30"

These paintings are about memory, imagination and suspended moments of time. Like windows in time each image attempts to search for the emotion associated with a particular time and place.

So often a person has an image, a spark of a memory that is saturated with emotion. Many times there is an ambiguity to these images; a vagueness in a crystal clear moment. Through the use of paper collage and paint I not only try to capture a narrative moment but also find a way that memory can be visualized and experienced.

Each painting is layered with several images. I begin by creating an abstract image with several different types of paper; colored tissue paper, handmade Japanese papers, maps of different cities, pages from old romantic novels and sheet music. At this stage I try to create an aura of a place. Often I try to create a whimsical unpredictable setting for the imagery.

My next step is to layer images on top of this abstraction thereby obscuring some of the initial layer. Through several different layers, some of the image becomes blurred while other parts become more defined.

Throughout the creation of this work I constantly remind myself that I am trying to visually capture memories. By doing this I try to remind the viewer that it is through memories that we define ourselves and our world.