2020 BFA THESIS SHOW
BOSTON UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS


























 


ELANNA HONAN 

elannahonan.com


My work combines portraits, objects, patterns, and colors to evoke a sensory, nostalgic world of childhood that can be read not as just a word, but as a sentence. My work ideally is displayed in a place where it can be experienced as a collective whole as each of my pieces are distilled versions of my background. As a painter and an art educator I am interested in investigating the intersection between these two fields and how one will endlessly inform the other. By combining my two identities I found the ability to spark a sense of joy, humor, and excitement in my work that I have been striving to find. I attempt to tackle the large concept of childhood with a more narrowed and personal perspective. My intent is that the viewer may insert their own childhood experiences into the sentence I provide and possibly entertain their own personal memories of childhood. Hopefully, by evoking these emotions in myself and the viewer I can generate a more empathetic and nostalgic perspective on the places we have been and to which we are going as we move on further and further from our childhoods.


Self Portrait, 2018, oil on canvas, 18 x 24”

Dino Hand, 2019, oil on canvas, 24 x 24”

Disco Ball, 2019, oil on canvas, 18 x 24”

Stardust, 2019, oil on canvas, 12 x 15”

Criss-cross applesauce, 2018, oil on canvas, 24 x 18”

Polly-pocket car, 2019, oil on canvas, 6 x 6”

Baby Soap, 2019, oil on canvas, 12 x 4”

Wicker Chair, 2019, oil on canvas, 30 x 40”

Galaxy Girls, 2019, oil on canvas, 40 x 60”

Pattern Banister, 2020, oil on canvas, 40 x 60”

Fabric Gallery, 2020, oil on canvas, 18 x 24”