Leanna Yatcilla, Artist’s Statement
This body of work is titled 2002, in reference to the year I was born. Each piece is a reflection on a memorable location of my childhood. A sense of place is very impactful and present in my work. I express the vastness of the world as seen through a child’s eyes by painting on a large scale. In addition, each painting is compositionally oriented to be inviting to the viewer. However, the viewer cannot actually access these scenes in three dimensions, just as one cannot fully walk into a memory again. 
The question I begged was, “How can I connect with these places again, even though they are now only preserved in my mind?” As part of my “immersion” into these past memories of locations, I am wearing clothes created in a similar fashion to those I donned as a child. These clothes are painted to mimic the piece which they are covering up as a way of literally putting myself into the scene.
Strawberry Fields
Acrylic on Unstretched Canvas
52.5 x 90 in.

Acrylic on Unstretched Canvas
73 x 66.5 in.

Acrylic on Unstretched Canvas
20 x 90 in.

Acrylic on Unstretched Canvas
73 x 48 in.

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