After School Takeover Of The Living Room
This painting loosely draws from the artist's memory of hiding in the room when her older sister had friends over. The artist uses a technique from the graphic novel format in this work, with the doorframe acting as a “gutter” dividing the singular image into two panels.
MJ Torrecampo’s paintings explore themes of family, the mundane and the individual’s relationship to the group. The artist's work questions the close social relationships we maintain and their complications—especially their simultaneous aspects of unity and division. Torrecampo's compositions begin as memories selected by the artist, then reconstructed with details that suggest an underlying tension and uncertainty, as well as a dual sense of belonging and not belonging. Torrecampo's work depicts what are commonly considered dull moments, in an effort to discover what they can tell say about our relationships with others and the space. As she spends more years in the States than her birth country of the Philippines, the artist's work deepens its investigation of the push and pull of being raised in one culture and then growing and living in another.
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MJ Torrecampo’s paintings explore our need for close social relationships through themes of family and the individual’s relationship to the group. The artist’s compositions are memories of seemingly mundane moments reconstructed with details that suggest an underlying tension and uncertainty. Born in the Philippines and living now in the United States, Torrecampo’s work investigates the push and pull of being raised in one culture and growing into another.