Oregon-based interdisciplinary artist, Lily Wai Brennan, creates precarious and intimate forms that emulate domestic memories within reference to traditional artistic practices. Ever since she left her suburban hometown on the outskirts of Buffalo, NY, Lily has had a fascination with childhood nostalgia and her personal narrative. While distancing herself from a fruitful childhood terrifies her, she finds using these memories as a way to monumentalize a past that she lives so fondly within.
Lily received her BFA in Sculpture and Painting from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY in 2020. She is currently an MFA Candidate at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. Her work has been shown in university and commercial gallery exhibitions and are part of private collections across the nation.
Through textile-based interdisciplinary practice, precarious and intimate spaces are created. The work depicts abstractions of domestic memories that stem from a personal narrative. These memories are often blurry and unsure, but only further the abstraction of color and form in a final product. Certain materials that resurface in many works often relate to the history of traditional painting and sculptural practices. However, these materials are stripped of their monumental implications and are left as simple, anti-heroic remnants of their former selves. Childlike impressions are then displayed through soft, muted color palettes and flat, abbreviated imagery that act as a homage to illustrative storybooks. This, combined with primitive gestures and the thwarted use of materiality, create a melancholic undertone. As a result, the work exhibits the affliction experienced when faced with a forever distancing past.
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