Care to Notice

Ysabelle Candido


There is a heaviness to secrets that lightens when I take them off of my chest and depict them in paintings. The nature of what artist and writer Mira Schor calls “modest painting” is not to call attention to the paintings, but to ask the viewer to care to notice them. Some of the people around my paintings will understand their request for intimacy, but they do not call attention to themselves. They require the approach of the viewer, much like the sharing of a secret requires a confidante. How can the passing of unspoken, intimate information be accomplished through a painting? My work explores this question by engaging non-traditional painting surfaces derived from my own lifestyle with personal subject matter in a conversation surrounding the things I
keep to myself.

As the Department of Art and Art History’s 2022 BFA class’ time at UConn draws to a close, we look back fondly on the time we spent together and the memories we made along the way. Although we now look forward to our creative futures, we wish to say thank you and farewell to our devoted professors and advisors who’ve worked alongside us throughout these transformative years.