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Anthony Drennen

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

I identify primarily as a painter, even though the centrifugal force of my studio practice often propels me outside the practice of painting. Since 2008 I have organized my studio practice around Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens. It is considered his most problematic work and is the only one of his plays not performed in his lifetime. I chose a “failed” work because the play’s obscurity creates unpoliced cultural bandwidth that I can easily occupy. For each character in the play I produce a distinct body of work based on contemporary associations, resulting in a collection of related pieces composed of separately considered parts. Thus far I have introduced eleven characters from the play. I began the latest character, "Bandit", in late 2016 and for an entity associated with thievery and taking, I chose the mythic, patriarchal giver: Santa.

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