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I am made of many things, many parts and many types of parts. See different explorations of this theme below.

Joana Ricou

One, Noone and One Hundred Thousand

This work explores the idea that we each are many – and that from moment to moment, we shift, split, merge, cooperate, compete or ignore ourselves. My home, my studio and my phone are covered in notes and reminders, an endless exercise in attempting to connect each moment to the next, or to the one that comes after that. The work is inspired by recent research on memory that mirrors this daily impression.

These pieces use different transfer processes as a parallel to the processes of memory making and recall. Transfers are like lossy filters that selectively and randomly keep and lose information. They also modify and destroy their source as they build upon it, just as we string our memories or past selves together in a narrative, filling them with meaning and massaging them to fit our mood and circumstance. The title comes from Luigi Pirandello's novel with the same name.

Other Self, the Human Microbiome, Joana Ricou, oil painting

Multitudes
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This series of oil paintings explore boundaries and discontinuities in the human body.

Multitudes 

This figurative series of oil paintings splits an individual into non-opposite pairs.