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Artist Statement

My paintings consider the relationship of human figures and the natural world. The figures quietly inhabit the environment around them, dissolving into the land or hiding behind the mass of an animal. In many of the paintings, I contradict the relationship people ordinarily have to farm animals. These interactions suggest the yielding of dominance and action to a more passive way of being. Like the animals around them, the people are somewhere in between wild and domestic, reflecting fragments of society and the potential abandonment of it. The paintings mirror the indifference of nature through the forlorn or, contrarily, imagine a more heavenly ideal. They serve equally as my projections of a unified utopia and observations of the actual of the processes of life.

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