The memorial Bridge UNH MFA EXHIBIT
This current body of work explores transit and transition. The ninety-year old Memorial Bridge spans the Piscataqua River and connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Kittery, Maine. This structure, of great historical and economic significance to both communities, is now being torn down. For nearly a century, vehicles and pedestrians have passed over it while pleasure boats and commercial ships have passed under it. It has stood as an iconic servant, sentry and symbol.
The bridge embodies duality: vertical and horizontal, facade and function, permanence and obsolescence. Similarly, humans are faced with their own duality: body and soul, duty and desire, birth and death. For me, the bridge has become a metaphor of the journey all people travel. It is through the act of painting, I explore my own transitions and seek my own transformation.