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Solar Ephemera

Natalie Marshall

Oil on Canvas, 2022

Undergraduate
There is so much unknown in this stage of my life. I certainly don’t know where I will be or who I will be a year from now. With this being an inherently tumultuous time of change and liminality, I get easily overwhelmed and cope by escaping into thoughts and images that bring me peace. Solar Ephemera aims to capture the essence of what is known and comforting. This series of oil paintings and immersive environment explores the nature of nostalgia and escapism through the lens of how we actively capture and relive memory. The paintings are made using reference photographs that I have curated over the years from various places I have called home. These photographs catch the soft light and shadows that are cast during different times of day; representing the moments and flickers of light we hold on to and the snapshots of life we crave to collect. Solar Ephemera attempts to preserve the fleeting moment of childhood, the trials of growing up, and the abyss of unknowns that is being in your twenties. When my world is in undertow, I escape to these moments of stillness, calm, and beauty.