Memories are like the game telephone. The more we revisit them, the more distorted they become. Upon reflection as an adult, I’ve realized my memories from childhood are significantly altered and not as perfect as they once seemed. I use painting and photography to re-examine these memories in different ways. My photography employs self-portraiture and interaction with childhood objects and family photos. I capture my hands with the objects as if reaching for the past. The scale of my hands holding the toys blurs the line between child and adult. My paintings, on the other hand, show my idealistic childhood memories as I remember them today. Family photo albums have become references and a source of inspiration for some of my paintings. In reinterpreting the family photographs, I focus on details in the structure of shapes, color, light, and shadow to further push the idealized version of my memories.
Alexia Jacobmeier is an artist from Bellevue, Nebraska in her final semester at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She will receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in photography and extensive coursework in painting in May 2022. Her work has been shown in exhibitions including the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art Juried Undergraduate Exhibition (2022) and the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery’s Juried Undergraduate Exhibition (2020, 2021, 2022) where she was honored with the Faulkner Sophomore Award.