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Emily Pillard: capstone




Pillard, Emily, artist

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The artist's statement: There are a lot of things in the natural world that children marvel at, yet adults pass by because they have lost their sense of wonder and fascination with the world around them. In today's society with more and more technology finding its way into our lives, I believe it's important to be aware of the beauty in the natural world. I make paintings that try to address this loss and attempt to evoke a sense of child-like wonder in the viewer. I focus on color saturation and abstracted forms to try and make the paintings feel as if they are being viewed through a child's eyes. My paintings directly address personal experiences and memories from my childhood. I use old photographs of myself and of my sisters collaging those images with various places to create memory-like scenarios. Part of the nostalgia comes from the way memories exist in my mind, our feelings impact the way we remember things and therefore memories from my youth exist from the point of view of a child. This is what I attempt to depict in my paintings, not the way things really are, but the way I remember them as a child, the world seemed bigger and more colorful and more wondrous than how I see it now. Often I do this by abstracting certain shapes and manipulating the colors. The photographic elements also add to the dream-like appearance because of their inherent nostalgic qualities.


Colorado State University Art and Art History Department capstone project.
Capstone contains the artist's statement, a list of works, and images of works.

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