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Lese Corrigan
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

The major aspect of the latest series of woodcuts is exploring the immediate world around me and finding an approach to interpret it in a new way yet with a bow to the past as that is so integral to Charleston's essence. The stark nature of black and white hints at the tumultuous past of the south. Incorporating the straight linear nature of the houses against the abstracted rounded nature of the skies is a recording, in a simplified manner, of man's tendency to try to conquer nature versus acknowledging his place in it. Removing shadows, vegetation and any exterior matter beyond the stricture of the facade creates a flatness that is masklike. These precious objects of home, hearth and history objectify our need for earthboundedness, our desire to conquer nature, our wish to hold on to the past and a unique sense of style.

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