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Damian Stamer
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

I paint places that would rather be left alone.

My eyes poke into creaking barns and half-crooked rooms as they nap in the afternoon sun, resting gently before passing away in their sleep. For the last five years I’ve listened to their stories, feverishly transcribing faded murmurs as time runs out. The brush serves a fitting tool to translate secrets from a bygone era, too thick and murky to capture with ones and zeros.

These structures are, like us, soaked with impermanence. We cannot escape a similar fate. But there is solace in slowing down to appreciate the solemn beauty of the old and overlooked. I was born from these forgotten places, and it is my duty to share their memory on white walls in bustling cities far away.

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