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Chambers Austelle
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

My work is about the body and the different ways in which the visceral physicality of its form can be perceived. Basic needs, desires, and social and personal conceptions construct our perception, but what happens when the body is abstracted and its form denuded of context? Compositions of folds and flesh replace recognizable form, creating cognitive dissonance.

In my paintings, I explore this dissonance. I distort space, the body, and exaggerate color. With these elements I create tension, yet at the same time balance the duality of the imagery.

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