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Dana Donaty

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

My work is satirically playful with fragments of fluid memory where
nothing is sacred. Psychologically slanted: a cast of the burlesque & grotesque,
vitality of individual freedom & responses to things happening in the world, a cultural blueprint.
Process is integral. Virgin canvases placed underneath ‘in -process’ easel works
intentionally ‘collecting’ excess paint that is flung, scraped & off loaded. From
these Rorschach-like blots, a framework & figures emerge.
Conceptually, it is a panoply of memories sourced from many levels of
consciousness. I often assimilate phrases from things people say or from books
on audio whilst working. My process mirrors how we learn, we cannot control
how information finds us or how we process it. I regard chance as an organizing principal.
A chance convergence is layered in a narrative that is personal, implied & universal. A poetic theater of uncertainty for viewers to challenge with their own meanings.

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