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Annette Giaco
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

I use the figure to explore human emotions and transitional states. To me expressive color and distortion of the figure best represent the fluid state of human growth and emotion and the need to mask what’s going on under the surface. While I frequently draw from life, many of the figures I’m currently working on are based on my collection of vintage photos, “Asylum” images from the 19th century. The paintings most representative of anguish, suspicion or pain are based on that collection. I tend to focus on the eyes, which reveal common stresses and turmoil. While the eyes mirror pain most human beings create a “mask” to hide true feelings or emotional states experienced through times of stress and the transitions that take place in body and soul. I try to represent this through distortion and abstraction.

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