As we recall moments from our past, we remember our visual experiences, the way the light hit the trees, the way in which we felt very small compared to our surroundings, or the infinite space around us. In turn, the paintings reflect these ideas; they display a fragmentary visual structure that alludes to our senses, and emotional feelings of awareness and wonder of the experience.
The act of remembering is an imaginative, reconstructive process. Our minds do not function as a filing cabinet, retrieving information that was stored away for safekeeping. We actively engage, change, distort and recreate our memories in every instance. Sometimes, the more we try and remember, the more distorted our memories become. Yet, they no less influence us. Our memories start to become stories we've told ourselves over and over again, with the narrative changing ever so slightly each time. Through remembering, we amplify some things: a cold touch, a sweet taste, and warmth that envelops us, while other details fall to the wayside. We remember and experience past memories under the lens of our subjective and ever changing present. Simultaneously we occupy past and present through these experiences. Time disappears and forgoes its linear quality. My paintings convey these ideas of remembering and reconstructing by depicting the partial and incomplete, referencing multiple sensations, and alluding to the ever shifting and fragmentary nature of our experience over and through time.
Alyssa earned her MFA degree in painting from Clemson University, and a BFA, painting emphasis and art history minor, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, painting & drawing, at