Artist StatementThe ongoing exploration in my paintings is in the transformational nature of identity. The chapters that naturally form with time: of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood--collectively form a layered existence. Sensory clues become seeded within our memory, cataloging both the monumental and the mundane. Later these clues resurface among the patterned likeness of our days, appearing faded yet familiar. In these memories a distant reflection of who we once were is recovered. But details are scattered... and we are left to question what really happened in the years that mark our existence? In time, moments are masked over, rubbed out, altered to fit into a selective, false memory. Can we trust what we remember as the truth if memory is selective? The way an experience is interpreted shifts what is remembered and what is lost or replaced, the details in time rearranged to fit a new perspective. In my paintings, they are a fragmented mapping of consciousness, as I piece together my own history and the stories of the girl who once was me.
Garnette started drawing on the backs of data reports her Dad would staple together from the Glass Factory where he worked. She is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Garnette lives on Maryland Eastern Shore among many wild rabbits, bluebirds, a persistent autumn fog, and glorious farmland. She is inspired by things that grow in her garden, transience, and the transformational nature of memory.