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Bryce Lankard
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

Drawn to Water: Water calls to us as human beings, perhaps because we are mostly made up of the stuff. It shapes the land and makes life livable. We are drawn to water for many reasons: for our health and survival, for spiritual rites and rituals, for athletic endeavors, and often for the pure pleasure of social engagement. Water cleanses and invigorates. In the heat of a southern summer it cools us and acts as a social focal point. Water attracts every race and social strata. It can be a place of isolation and lone meditation or a location where one lets down one’s guard, along with much clothing, and rub shoulders with complete strangers. Water motivates us to dare and it will cushion our fall. As have I found myself drawn to the old landmarks that have remained the bookmarks of my memory and discovered that a common thread among them was water. My interest in creating these images is to examine the social significance of water in our lives.

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