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Travis Childers
Virginia

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

Like a lot of artists today, I use everyday materials as the starting point for my work. I enjoy the challenge of transforming something commonplace into a new object, keeping in mind the original purpose of the material when giving it new meaning. Although the materials I use are ordinary, I still think they can make interesting statements about the world around us and human nature. With the new objects, I try to invoke a response by playing with scale and repetition, as well as with feelings of repulsion, intimacy, and sometimes preciousness.
I work mostly in sculpture and collage. Some of the unifying factors running through all my work is process and accumulation. With both ways of working I reference our relationship with nature, each other, and memory using office supplies with my sculpture and images from newspaper and tape with my collages.

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