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Cliffton Peacock
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

I paint without reference to photographs or models. My reason for working this way is because of what I consider unavailable in painted images that rework traditional means of representation. There is something inextricable in great painting that defies explanation. I can't approach this quality using what I've learned about the mechanics of figuration because it doesn't help. So, in a way, to find the image I have to forget about it. Otherwise, the image I paint is a disappointment of familiarity. Writing about embryonic eye and brain development, the physician and author Siddhartha Mukherjee observed that we learn to dream to see the world. To paint the world, I can't lose my capacity to dream if I'm to reimagine it.

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