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This exhibition focuses on two distinct bodies of work:
The Climbing Series and The Amalgamation Portraits.
Although we see ourselves as unique, we all take influence, whether we know it or not, from everything around us. As Maya Angelou said, "You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there..." My subjects strive for independence and individuality, all the while borrowing from those that came before them.
The Amalgamation Series is an exploration of identity, idiosyncrasies, and the universal longing for individualism. Historically, portraiture is a way of keeping a record of the likeness of important figures. Portraiture can also be a means of portraying the subject as more than a vessel, conveying a deeper message about the sitter, whether flattering or not. This could include the sitter's importance, power, wealth, beauty, or virtue as well as greed, self-importance, and egotism. Collectively they reflect who we are as people and the influences that make us who we are.
The Climbing Series takes human figures out of their natural environments and places them into a realm where reality is obscured. They are seemingly trapped in time, playing through a sequence of movements while at the same time completely still. These paintings reference the tangible and intangible, and the juxtaposition of the human form with an atmosphere of solid color. The interaction of these figures, or lack of, with their environment highlights the very ambiguity of where they
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