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Oil on linen

Signed on the back.

This painting depicts a peculiar association of subject to physical space.
It is part of a series which examines the artifacts of temporary migration, looking at how people move into a neutral environment and start to inhabit it.

The use of expressive brushwork, sharp contrasts and spatial distortions illuminate or add information while symbolic elements, informed by the subjects activity, or the artists own reaction to the space, further disrupt the illusion of sheer figurative representation.
The works are intended to be neither illusory nor capsules of time, rather, instances of mnemonic stasis wherein an existential query is substantiated.
Embracing a synthesis of both external and internal realities, the series interweaves themes of dislocation, habitation and the subliminal response of the psyche towards the unknown.

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oil and acrylic on linen

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solid, timeless, portrait of a man symbolizing naturewoman against blue background with helmetman sits in a gray room reading or writingIn order to create these works, a series of miniature sculptures were created to simulate the idea and feeling of an assembly, without any attachment to an actual event. After researching the most effective ways to depict a common figure, seven archetypes were designed, from which approximately 200 casts of the figures were made. Stripped of any intimate character, the figures serve the purpose of icons or avatars: truncated representations of a whole, into which it is easy to project a notion of the self. The dioramas were photographed and rendered in paint, using a technique that appears photographic from a distance, yet becomes more abstracted and painterly with proximity. Repetition, miniaturization, and fluctuations between representation and abstraction were used to activate links between the body, movement and memory. They are paintings of crowds without any people.
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