University of Arizona
College of Fine Arts - School of Art

School of Art Galleries


Medium: Graphite on Paper
Date: 2020
Dimensions: 12″ x 9″

Florence von Grote

Tying into my general interest of creating utopian space through imagined landscapes, I decided to investigate the places I’ve lived in so far – Bavaria, London, Mexico City and Portland, OR. By representing these real places as dreamscapes, I was intending to highlight the surreal quality life takes on when you leave your home for another place. A person separated from their home changes as they are influenced by other cultures and customs.


Although overall a positive experience, there’s a feeling of disconnection and fragmentation as memories start to disappear. I’m interested in how our memories recreate a new version of our life experiences and how we chose to emphasize certain moments, objects, people, and feelings over others.