Five Things I Did This Summer
Maya Taleon Thiersch
See it On Campus: Level 2Visitor Info
Right between the stairs and the Rennie Hall
With Five Things I Did This Summer, I experimented with archaeologizing fragments of my daily life and presented them with references to ancient mosaics as a way to explore themes of memory, class, and identity. In addition to the objects presented in the paintings themselves, my process of painting “mosaics” is also an exercise in rumination, meditation, and manifestation that transforms the bric-a-brac that surrounds me into monuments of a life being lived.
Rather than overtly working to disquiet my audience, I reference and abstract images of the body and other familiar mundane objects to reveal the states of strange, liminal, and absurd that exist intertwined especially within the most monotonous details of day-to-day life.
As part of my documentation of daily life, gentrification in Vancouver has also become a recurring motif as I witness the slow changes occurring in my communities.