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Barbara Duval
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

The human figure has always been a central focus in my work, and groupings of figures are of particular importance to me. Figure configurations provide me with ways in which to question human nature in a broad context. I don't portray specific confrontations or situations, Of greater interest to me is the idea of the individual versus or among the group in the human drama. For me, a successful image can be interpreted in many ways, on many levels, and in a universal context.

The etchings and large woodcuts are reminiscent of a feeling or recollection that we all have experienced, whether it is a moment of triumph, fear, loneliness, desperation, unity, etc. Specific narrative is avoided in the work in order to articulate a deep emotional sensation in our individual and collective memories.

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