Beautification

2016, Acrylic Paint, Marker, Mixed Media, Colored Pencil, 10 x 6.3 inches
2016, Watercolor, Pen, 6.3 x 9 inches
2015, Graphite, Marker, Tape, Mixed Media, 9.8 x 6.5 inches

Palimpsest was introduced to me as a type of layered manuscript. That idea of layering not only got me thinking of the city itself and the architecture but also about the people who make up New York City. I dove deeper into what it means to be a New Yorker and examined what layers formed a palimpsest that attribute to my identity here. Some layers I identify with have personal meaning that would be hard to explain to those who haven’t had the same experiences I have. To simplify it all, I decided to look into my sketchbook and find some layering to exemplify my palimpsests. Layers of packing lists, college essay drafts, and sketches lie beneath imagery that speaks for the emotions involved in those processes, creating a window to my experiences.