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Alison Stinely

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

My works are investigations into personal guiding mythologies: myth that continuously grows and warps as time passes. Traditional symbolism mixes with private imagery to illustrate the ways that I have adopted unreasonable belief systems - for example, religious orthodoxies, superstition and cultural ideals of femininity. The distortion of anatomical structures and a saccharine palette draw on historical painting, while particular subjects suggest narratives pulled from religious stories that span many cultures and epochs. These qualities serve as historical references, but more importantly chronicle the contemporary mythology that continues to inform my experiences and actions. Conventional material handling and digital automation animate the works’ somewhat lurid and violent nature. The sculptural forms push beyond the rectangle and allow the painted narrative to spill into the space of the viewer.

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