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Carrie Ann Baade

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

These painted parables combine remnants of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, creating surreal landscapes inhabited by exotic flora, fauna, and figures. It is my intention as a contemporary painter to return to the relevant moments in art history in order to reclaim them not merely as a quotation of a theme or an image, but also as the materiality of methods and techniques that ultimately create them. Studying with professional art conservators early in my career and by researching painting techniques of old masters, inform the material strategies necessary to deploy these paintings. I wish to bring to a contemporary audience a material connection to the past while contemplating the ageless issues of morality, politics, and the individual quest for self-expression.

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