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Daniel E. Smith

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

The paintings you see are moments in time when I’ve experienced a visceral sense of my surroundings. I work to recreate those moments by memory, fully embracing the ephemeral qualities of such an act. My work explores our shared trait of responding to our environments, against the individual interpretations of that experience. Natural or constructed, each environment is collectively ours. The spaces within the works are stages to present human experiences. Ongoing connections to memory and hope, anticipation and fear, experience and uncertainty populate these spaces. It is not the places that are important but the spaces between reminding us that our existence comes with struggle. These works are an offering of continuance, recollection, discovery, and hope.

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