Stories unfold as we remember. The way we understand our history and the way we retell our stories is closely connected to our understanding of nostalgia and memory. Often, things such as smell, music and color can be evocative of a certain time or place. I am interested in the way that color can act as a conductor for memory and nostalgia. Certain color harmonies used in certain ways, can provoke memories often tied to a specific time or place. They can also invoke a more atmospheric and less tangible experience that has more to do with mood, and a sense of place. My work as a painter reflects my ongoing preoccupation with landscape, color, space, time, stories and the relationship between abstraction and representation. These are the things I hope to discuss and illustrate using examples of my work and influences.
Rutherford, Elaine, "Unlikely stories" (2001). Forum Lectures. 346.