Laurel Sparks, BFA '95
Imitation of Life
19h x 13w x 2d
DESCRIPTION: Mixed Media, Framed, Mixed Media Collage on Archival Print on Paper
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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