48” x 54” x 1.5”
Acrylic, ink, flashe on canvas
Everyone has a story that begins with, “on that day…”. Those days that end up contributing to the narrative of our lives for the worse or the better. The fascinating thing about “on that day” stories is that they’re constantly changing as our hearts and minds are able to grow, expand, open and reframe. Days of loss eventually become days of triumph and growth. Days of joy become days of lessons learned. And the way in which we recall those special days is in constant flux as our personal journeys and narratives continue to evolve. This painting is about the paradox that exists in those moments that can be summarized by two opposing cliches at the same time: “Hindsight is 20/20” and “We’ll never really know”. This realization that a pivotal day or memory is not as clear as we’d like it to be is unsettling at first, but truth exists in the grey area. Life is far too beautiful and magical to be black and white. The next time you begin your “on that day…” story, notice if you’ve adjusted the narrative each time, and with time, you’ll notice how each retelling brings you added joy and less pain, more freedom and less wounding.
The Dreamscape collection is inspired by the intangible way we experience past memories and recall dreams. When you’re actively dreaming, it’s impossible to distinguish imagination from reality. The subconscious presents this dreamscape dimension vividly: shapes are defined, faces are recognizable and settings are clear - but after waking and reflecting on the narrative, everything that seemed solid and realistic suddenly seems hazy, uncertain, unclear. Memories are like this, too. Depending on our perspective, or the mood we’re in when we conjour them, memories are ever-shifting: they can move from sweet to sour, from truth to lie, the extreme moments stand out from the mundane. Both dreams and memories exist in the extremes. They’re usually labelled in our minds as clear vs. confusing, good vs. bad, joyful vs. painful…but this is simply our human experience attempting to make the most sense of a subconscious experience. In reality, both recollections are held together by a baseline of “grey area”. This collection serves to explore the tenuous tie that binds paradox, and how it is whimsical and fleeting in its existence, ever-changing and dynamic.
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This painting was hand-stretched by the artist in her studio on 1.5" gallery frames. It can be hung as an exposed canvas, or framed in a floating wood frame for a more polished look. This painting comes with an artist statement and signature. If you purchase this painting you will be contacted by the artist for more information about pick-up options in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, or delivery/shipping information. *Decorative frame not included*
Please note that the buyer is responsible for any shipping charges and/or for picking up the painting, but the artist will facilitate the process by obtaining quotes, packaging the product safely, and bringing it to a shipping centre at no extra cost. Reach out to the artist directly through the Contact page for any inquiries regarding this piece.
*This is an original painting by Tania LaCaria, there is only one in the world. Frame not included.