• Nocturnes


Carin Covin

February 4 to April 14, 2012

For we live with those retrievals from childhood that coalesce and echo throughout our lives, the way shattered pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope reappear in new forms and are songlike in their refrains and rhymes, making up a single monologue. We live permanently in the recurrence of our own stories, whatever story we tell.
Divisadero – M. Ondaatje

I am a drawer and a painter. My current research interests are in the intersection of creative writing and visual language. I am interested in the diary form and the lyric essay and how these writing genres interweave into a contemporary painting and drawing practice. This current program of research involves the act of memorial.

The genre of the lyric essay has a unique ability to intersect with drawing and painting for it has the ability to access the inner territories of memory, nostalgia and identity. The lyric essay is a form which combines poetry and prose and allows for meaning to be blocked in through suggestion, gives form to silence, articulates absence, and has the ability to compose through fragments. I am interested in these themes for their capacity to map the geographies of the changing landscape of identity and family.

The theme of memorial and memory is reflected in this body of work titled Nocturnes. The subtexts of Monuments and Inheritance emerged in the making of these works throught the opportunities of two creative residencies that I attended in 2011. In these works the written word is eclipsed by the deconstruction process that allows the repetitive echoes of shape to form a narrative of impressionistic language.