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Charles Clary
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

My current work deals with the loss of both my mother and father due to smoking related cancers in February of 2013. Their passing left a deep void in my life, which led to my interest in Memento Mori, or the act of coming to terms with ones own mortality. Through this investigation I came to terms with the trauma of my childhood and the lack of memories I actually have.

Picture frames are usually reserved for those most cherished memories: a family outing, birthdays, weddings, or holiday get-togethers. Frames rarely encapsulate the most important events: a death in the family, trauma, or abuse. My work seeks to investigate these moments as they force us to make decisions, decisions that lead to life changing events. We either rise to the occasion or sink into despair.

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