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Marcie Paper
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park



ARTIST STATEMENT: Didn’t sleep last night, Just now I am drinking my tea, Long Phone Conversation, Soup for Lunch, Starting to get a sore throat, More Daylight, Keep having to pee, Waiting for the G Train… As I paint, my work is about the present moment. Layered over time it becomes an accumulation of short-term memories. I abstract and re-present these seemingly insignificant events, honoring and questioning their role and impact. Doing so I have been able to hold on to a little longer, understand a little better, and have physical evidence of, my existence.

My interest in memory has been fueled by my personal experience with memory loss. Diagnosed with a brain disorder, my father has been left without the ability to retain short-term memories. Through his experience I have gained an interest in short-term memory, and an appreciation for details, as well as many unanswered questions. These paintings hope to answer and/or complicate these questions; When do our daily experiences transform into our recollections of the past? How much of our long-term memory is a sum of small insignificant events? Is this whole greater then the sum of its parts? What influence do short and long-term memories have upon one another? If short-term memory is lost, is it only a matter of time before long-term memory evaporates? And ultimately, what is the impact of memory on our concept of our selves and our placement within the world.

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