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Oxford, Mississippi, USA
Mortar and Pestilence
I grew up in central Mississippi born to a daughter of a Swedish immigrant and son of a father descended from early settlers of Virginia and the Carolinas. My parents met while my father was in the military and stationed in Rapid City, South Dakota. I claim dual citizenship having been born in the North and raised in South.
Dualities are consequences of boundaries we encounter in life. There are beginnings and endings and life is what happens in between. This piece references Vincent Van Gogh’s “Chair with a Pipe” which speaks of loss and absence. used charcoal on the end of a two foot length of bamboo to draw the composition and applied thin oil paint washes to establish form. Charcoal was used to reinforce the drawing at successive stages of the process. Working on this scale (60×57.5 inches) and surface facilitates a tactile response similar to working on paper which I feel helps keep the work fresh.
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