E. Sherman Hayman writes about her SO I WAS, LIKE... body of work: "This ongoing project plays with the current, overused idiom ‘like’, a seemingly benign word that has come to serve several purposes. It has become a buffer providing a pause before the speaker must commit to a particular feeling. It mitigates the adjective about to be used. And finally, it acts as a reticence to state something with clarity.
As a lapsed English major I have frequently, in my studio practice, embraced text as image, incorporating not only words, but quotations, adages, and poetry. SO I WAS, LIKE…. continues this trajectory as it relates to language/image/text, and now highlights my own feelings both past and present.
Memories converge…. Sometimes collide and consume each other, sometimes stay hidden for years and become mind mulch. But emotions lie in the wake, leave a residue, and dictate our states of mind."