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Cheryl Goldsleger

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

Drawing with a resist on translucent Dura-Lar paper, these drawings are created with powdered graphite and charcoal mixed with gum arabic and other binders. Exploring the relationship between location and territory at the threshold between the real and the ephemeral, I attempt to deconstruct reality into the two-dimensional picture plane. References to military maps used in WWI are integrated with geometric structures. The geometry combined with the fluid, organic forms of the maps serve as metaphors for objective ideals mixed with the chaos and subjectivity of conflict. I chose to incorporate geometry into each image for its power to convey meaning through analysis, perspective and point of view. Two words from each of Woodrow Wilson’s ‘Fourteen Points’ outline for peace make up the titles and were selected for their compelling relevance today. I hope to engage viewers in contemplating the nature of conflict and in envisioning ways to coexist.

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