Tangled thoughts of childhood and early adulthood are the core of my work. I am interested in the process of reflecting and recreating personal childhood memories through pairing happier moments with times that reveal the harsh reality of the human condition. After the passing of my closest childhood friend, due to drug addiction, memories from my youth resurfaced. Since his death, I have been dissecting our friendship, mulling over the years as it developed from innocent childhood play to complex and confused interactions of our early adulthood, a time he never left. Vivid memories of playing outside, building forts, and exploring the cemetery across from our homes are interwoven with late night bar sounds, long summer days, and tiresome arguments. As I wrestle with this new reality, my work has become an attempt to preserve those memories. The smell of grass, our blue playhouse, Barbie and G.I. Joe. Loose tie-dye shirts, tombstones across the street, memories that still, and will, play on repeat. Awkward knees and bright eyes, forts for us alone. Desires to be older, longing to be children, pain took you forever, and I took her home.
Childhood nostalgia of herself and now her growing daughter, as well as the house(s) she grew up in and the one where she raises her daughter.Her work also deals with loss, specifically that of a close childhood friend and their relationship, while also reflecting on the deep love and newness of motherhood in her current life.
Jbingham228, “Jessica Bingham ,” Artist Parent Index , accessed May 16, 2021, https://artistparentindex.com/items/show/370.
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