In-Between Paradise, 2016

Seeing sun reflecting off of cars, scraggly tree branches, hand-painted signs, and slack telephone wires evokes memories tainted with rose-colored glasses and dripping with reminiscence. This body of work expresses nostalgic portraits of places near Nairobi, Kenya, detailing their quirks and defects. Manufactured materials accentuate the existence of the built environment. This visual investigation of the word “developing”, which suggests a trajectory towards finality, is re-considered as areas of the picture plane are left obscured and ambiguous, but deemed complete. Memory leaves its trace throughout the work: the artist remembers her home, and the land remembers a time before development. In-Between Paradise attempts to garner reactions to the universality, yet specificity of place.

 

Housing near Lake Elementaita, 2016, acrylic on paper, 20" x 26"

Past the tea farms in Limuru, 2016, acrylic on paper, 13" x 20"

Parked downhill near Heritage Plaza, 2016, acrylic on paper, 13" x 20"

Construction outside of Karen, 2016, acrylic on paper, 13" x 20"

Supermarket on the way to Nakuru, 2016, acrylic on paper, 20" x 26"

Storefronts near Lari Hills, 2016, acrylic on paper, 20" x 26"

Gas station in Kimende, 2016, oil on canvas, 48" x 72"

Parking lot at Galleria Mall, 2016, oil on canvas, 48" x 72"