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Anthony Drennen

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

Since 2008 I have organized my painting practice around Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens. Timon of Athens is a corrupted text of indeterminate history, questionable sources, and a dubious relationship to the respected canon. 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, most recently the character of Merchant.

The Timon of Athens project is an evolving, slow-moving intervention into the Western canon. It is also an artistic premise that I invented out of thin air with the desperate hope that artistic agility and painterly athleticism could fix the broken aspects of my own subjectivity. It allows me to openly wrestle with inherited conventions, both their privilege and their poison.

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