Souvenir Paintings

Painted by Anne-Louise Ewen, 2019, Los Angeles, California

Souvenir. A little keepsake that we pick up on vacation. But also, in french, a verb that means "to remember."  Why does the play between those two meanings evoke such a feeling of tenderness in me? Is it because we buy these little things to try to hold onto moments that we know are fleeting and will never come again?

I like this as title for this series of paintings I made in 2019 based on old travel posters. Even if the series was born out of a desire to make memories, yet non-existent, that felt out of reach.

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