This is the work of Ohio based artist April Deacon. I like her idea of painting something new onto something old. April, in her own words, says that she takes discarded memories, then reinvents them – there is something so sweet and sad about that.
– Antique photographs reflect the mortality of people and things. They capture the inevitability and reliability of deterioration that I respect, but that results in an unnatural desire to resurrect them, that I cannot suppress. The sadness in the realization that these people have been forgotten on some level and the symbols of their memories discarded to be found by me, a stranger, proves overwhelming. Each image contains secrets and truths. Influenced by the mood of the photograph, I choose a color palette. In addition to color, I use shape and pattern, which are informed by the natural contours and existing value contrasts, to transform each subject.