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Artist Amelia Briggs
Memphis , Tennessee USA
I use the language of cartoons as a catalyst for abstraction. The simplification of a cartoon is a tool to quickly get to the core of something that needs to be articulated. Cartoons are often used to discuss culturally shared anxieties, sometimes to make difficult subject matter seem more bearable. They reduce complexities, speaking directly and swiftly. I am interested in this reduction and its relationship to the popular imagery of today.
I allow my paintings to go where the process takes them. For me, painting is the documentation of a personal search. The process of gathering, reassembling, and editing is not unlike the process of developing an individual identity. When I think about this process, I think about how unknowable it is and how personal and anxiety ridden it can be. In my work I hope to capture a sense of interiority, the sense of something buried or unarticulated. I see the objects and images I create as frustrated or stunted. They arrive through a personal search to find meaning. They stumble and appear self-conscious or awkward. I think about this process of searching in relation to a more universal search for meaning and identity. I am interested in the contradiction of a meticulously polished image and the irrational, chaotic nature of its abstraction.
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