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Andrew Blanchard
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

Southern Gothic, the term, is partly defined as the exploration of socially induced issues and the act of revealing the cultural character of the American South. With my current body of print-works on mounted wood panel, I have been reinterpreting varied places on the periphery of many Southern towns and cities that are, for lack of a better phrase, on the fringe of society. Ideas of blurred urban and rural county lines as well as backyard familial up-to-no-good all grace the compositions in a tongue and cheek manner. Additional thematic interests are incorporated into the visuals, including socio-economics, race relations, literary references, and environmental planning. In much of the work, symbols often seen within the American South present visual narratives meant for the viewer to question their thoughts and perceptions on our romantic, yet mythic shrouded land-one that historian Bill Ferris states that "its realities are as intriguing, as intricate, as its legends.”

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