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Damian Stamer
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

I paint places that would rather be left alone.

Dark woods and cracked fields still lead the way to forgotten barns and abandoned houses as they did years ago. Trespass inside these crooked ruins, fossils of the Southern landscape, was our ultimate goal. As inseparable twin brothers, we rummaged through rooms pregnant with secrets, listening for their ghostly stories on an adrenaline high. The eerie tranquility of thick country air cut by transgressions past. Standing in these seemingly empty places, you never know if someone had been here twenty years, or twenty minutes ago.

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