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SMFA Art Sale 2021

Wed, Oct 13, 2021 01:45PM EDT - Sun, Nov 7, 2021 11:55PM EST
Lot 87

Laurel Sparks, BFA '95 - Faux d' Artifice *

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Laurel Sparks, BFA '95 Faux d' Artifice

48h x 42w x 2d

DESCRIPTION: Paintings, Unframed, Waterbased paint, mixed media on Canvas

ARTIST STATEMENT: Spectral abstractions of Baroque chandeliers evoke hedonism and elusive shapeshifting. These paintings combine the ornate flatness of fin-de-siecle modernism with fluid pours and expressive gestures to produce theatrical iconography. Pooled silhouettes layer over ambidextrous line drawings, at once taking shape and dissolving with patterns of cosmetic smears, carnival color, glitter, and accents of decorative relief. The surfaces oscillate between elegant composure and excess.

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