SANCTUARY is a collection of pixel paintings that investigate the proliferation and permeation of digitized memory in the post internet age.
Skye Nicolas facilitates the distillation of intimate conversation and hidden dialogue wherein nostalgia plays a vital role in defining a recognizable visual language and signature style in the series SANCTUARY.
SANCTUARY is a collection of pixel paintings that investigate the proliferation and permeation of digitized memory in the post internet age. Its conceptually layered armature and visually poetic distillation process encourage us to experience the full bandwidth of a visceral nostalgia in locating the pulse of a lost paradise we refer to as “our youth”.
Remixed source material are reduced to shimmering pixelated outlines dancing across a contrasting dark digital canvas co-inhabited by scrolling text (appropriated from 80’s and 90’s era song lyrics), functioning as internal dialogue and instinctive meta prose. These motifs operate on the subconscious level wherein the visible and symbolic merge to produce evocative allusions referred to as vignettes, which are divided into three categorical types: Moments, Objects, and Mementos.
Combining these vignettes into diptychs and triptychs engenders the transmission of personal narratives and private myths. Such permutations symbolize the piecing together of fragmented memories, as if downloading one’s own recollective echo to ultimately reveal an intrinsic cerebral blueprint—inviting us to reflect and reconcile with the forces and events that have shaped our present selves.